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Geomatrix - The Magnetic Art of Building

Geomatrix - The Magnetic Art of Building

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: California Creations
Price: $29.99

This colorful fifteen-piece set includes two square-based pyramids, five triangular prisms, five cubes, two rectangular prisms, and one hexagonal prism. Although the set includes instructions for a simple balance game (i.e., who can build the tallest structure), the biggest draw is simply playing with the pieces and building various shapes and structures. The magnets inside the pieces are unique, because they rotate to find the correct polarity, which means that pieces always connect. And, there are multiple magnets in each piece, so the connections are strong and creations stay to together well.

Although labeled as a fidget toy, the colorful, easy-to-handle pieces offer the opportunity to teach children the names and properties of geometric solids in both visual and tactile modalities. Learning is strongest when achieved through multiple modalities.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 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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