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SmartMax Factory With Car

SmartMax Factory With Car

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartMax
Price: $49.99
Review:

The SmartMax Factory with Car is a magnetic and colorful building set that includes: three long bars, four medium bars, two x-bars, one straight tube, two curved tubes, two panels with holes, one funnel, nine metal balls, and components for a small buildable car/truck. As a mother of young children, the word "magnetic" sometimes gives me pause. However, this product features large (1.8-inch diameter) balls with specifically sonic-welded bars to ensure safety.

The product is simple and intuitive to use; as a matter of fact, our three year old started building before I could even get all of the pieces out of the box. Children can build the set as pictured on the packaging, build their own creations, or just have fun experimenting with different configurations.

This set, which introduces children to magnetism, is great for hand-eye coordination, fine- and gross-motor skills, and even vocabulary enrichment (e.g., color names, shapes, etc.). Considering the fact that the set includes only twenty-eight pieces (despite its rather large packaging), the $50 price tag can be prohibitive. However, with that having been set, the SmartMax Factory with Car is a safe, entertaining, and educational building toy that offers hours of fun and possibilities.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.


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