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ITSPHUN Platonic Construction Set

ITSPHUN Platonic Construction Set

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: ITSPHUN LLC
Price: $13.00

The Itsphun Platonic Construction Set includes: thirty-two triangular, six square, and twelve pentagonal pieces; each piece is made of sturdy, child-friendly, food-grade plastic. The flat, pliable, and simple-to-connect pieces are designed to be combined into the five Platonic solids, three-dimensional shapes in which each face is the same regular polygon and each vertex is shared by the same shaped polygon (e.g., each side of a cube is a square and each vertex shares four squares). In addition to forming the five Platonic solids, children can explore a variety of two- and three-dimensional forms. The set teaches children basic and complex geometrical concepts while also honing fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and spatial planning. And let's not forget vocabulary building. As one parent tester put it: "My eleven year old twins spent hours putting together shapes that I didn't even know they could pronounce, let alone define and build."

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