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I started teaching my son the alphabet around 18 months old. I bought him an Elmo night night book which we read every night. He’s two and knows his entire alphabet. Yes…I’m impressed too! My favorite books and toys are those that incorporate learning, while still retaining fun and enjoyment for the child (so they don’t know they’re actually learning!).
Recently, we pulled out the MagnaPlay Magnetic Activity Travel Set we received, courtesy of the company. The recommended age is for children over the age of three (but you know how I don’t pay strict attention to those rules!). Actually, I could have pulled this out a little sooner. It’s a fantastic, educational toy/puzzle. If you travel with children, then you know how difficult it is to keep them entertained. We travel quite a bit because my husband’s family lives in the Southeast. Plane and car trips get quite boring for a two year old. MagnaPlay offers parents a variety of travel toy sets to keep kids entertained and educated. Here is a bit more about the company:
MagnaPlay strives to educate children and facilitate their creativity with its innovative educational activities. From learning the alphabets and numbers to coloring, word games and puzzles, MagnaPlay offers fun activities for children of all ages.
As soon as I opened this, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the toy. The Travel Set comes with a MagnaKase Magnetic Dry Erase Activity case, 2 magnet strips that secure coloring pages to the activity surface for coloring with crayons, color pencils or markers, and 1 wooden magnetic activity (my son received the Alphabet Picture Puzzle but there is also a Number Match Up Puzzle option). Each of the “letters” of the alphabet spells a word and is broken up into 2 pieces. Each word is a puzzle on a wooden surface in the shape of the object it represents (i.e. apple, fish, etc.). My son was immediately attracted t it because he likes the alphabet, puzzles, and anything with bright colors. He will spend a lot of time at the table “doing his puzzle,” as he likes to call it. The great thing about the set is that it’s all magnetic so it can be tossed in the case and brought along on trips. He can complete several of his “puzzles” right on the magnetic surface. I’d like to get him the Number Match Up Puzzle to go along with it. The puzzles come with a case so that the pieces aren’t lost (thankfully!).
You can also use the MagnaKase for coloring activities. The top of the case can be used as a dry erase activity board and you can secure coloring pages to the surface if your child wants to color with crayons or markers while traveling. You can also convert this to a coloring travel set when you add one of MagnaPlay’s Coloring Travel Toys.
Overall, I was highly impressed with this set. It’s great for educating and entertaining children, it’s priced reasonably, and made safely (considering it’s magnetic!). I definitely want to add to my son’s set.
MagnaPlay offers a variety of activities on it’s site to go along with the Travel Set. Be sure to check out their Free Downloads page, filled with coloring pages and activities for parents and children on the go!
The MagnaPlay Magnetic Activity Travel Set retails for $34.00 (that’s the sale price right now) and can be purchased directly from the site.
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