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SmartMax Build & Connect

SmartMax Build & Connect

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Smart Toys and Games
Price: $59.99

With the 34-piece SmartMax Build and Connect magnetic construction set, our youngest testers made simple lollipops, ice cream cones, and microphones ... then sang songs! Older children made their initials, followed patterns in the booklet, or designed their own. Adults noted how interesting it was to see how the creations differed - from one age to the next, and from one day to the next.

Building and connecting options are greatly expanded when using the "screws," extender bars and "C" clamps. Pieces are colorful and easily managed by those as young as three. Boys and girls had great fun building from the ground up and from the table top down. They learning continued as they measured shelves, counters and cabinet doors to see where they could attached their creations.

Kathy Smith   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kathy Smith has been leading preschool classes through playful learning for more than 25 years. Her tales of "Who is messier, 'Miss Kathy' or the children?" is a comedy act in the making. Family friendly, of course.

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