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Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide

Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide

Spring 2014 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Valtech llc
Price: $56.50

This 33-piece set of richly colored Magna-Tiles includes three large square tiles, 4 GS 30-60-90 triangles, 4 GS 45-45-90 triangles, 10 small squares, 4 right triangles, 4 equilateral triangles, and 4 isosceles triangles.

The simply designed yet comprehensive Connection Guide describes three levels of play. Base Play introduces the shapes and colors. The equilateral triangle looks like a piece of pizza, the right angle looks like half a sandwich. Activities show how two of the same shapes can resemble a sailboat. (our young testers had no idea what a cassette tape was.) Exploration Play defines the shapes attributes, and introduces children to visualizing 3-D objects within a 2-D context. And Challenge Play encourages the child to design complex creations that develop and sharpen spatial using critical thinking skills.

An elegant introduction to the fascinating worlds of shapes and dimension.

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