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Make a Monster

Make a Monster

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Price: $4.99
Review:

The Make A Monster play set by Imaginetics is a 33-piece magnet set. The included magnetic board is about the size of a small book, and it has an industrial looking background on it, the perfect backdrop for a monster scene. It is designed to encourage children to use their imaginations as they create various monster story scenes. Each magnet in the set is either an entire monster, a piece of a monster, or a related object.

Our reviewer's children enjoying using this set to create their own stories, and they played with it several times. That said, this toy's true appeal is to parents in search of entertaining travel toys, given its compact size and the fact that it is magnetic. It is the perfect toy to bring on any long road trip or just to keep on hand in one's purse. We recommend keeping the pieces in a plastic bag, as the original packaging is not sturdy enough for frequent travel.

The fact that there is no "right" way to play with this magnetic scene increases its repeat play value. Parents can encourage their children to create and describe complex story scenes each time they use it, and they can prompt their children to add depth to their tales as they grow as story tellers. It is not a toy that will last forever, but with a price tag under $5, it does its job as a quick, simple toy to have on hand in a pinch.

Kelly Schaffer   ©2013 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
International Playthings, Inc.
http://www.intplay.com

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