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SmartMax Stunt

SmartMax Stunt

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Price: $79.99

The SmartMax Magnetic Discovery set might seem too pricey. However, after opening it up and watching my children play with it, the price seems justified. The packaging is creative and inviting, the parts are solid and easy enough to manipulate that a toddler can have as much fun creating a simple shape as a pre-schooler or older child can making a complex 3d shape. The full color instruction manual helped me deliver a basic lesson on magnetism to my boys. The manual then gives full color photos for shapes that can be copied by kids at each developmental level. It is well written and very informative. This is a great learning tool as well as a fun construction set. Parents will need to get involved and teach their kids about the magnets if they wish to fully highlight the educational element of this toy. My kids were challenged to think about magnets and basic science as they played. They had to consider why and how like magnetic poles cannot go together, and they then used their creativity to create structures, cars, ramps, bridges, or whatever else their little minds came up with. With guidance, children will use this clever building set for many years to come.

Kelly Schaffer   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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