By Kristy @today.our.children
Knowing what is the best Connetix magnetic tiles set to purchase can be confusing, especially if you are new to magnetic tiles play. As a teacher and mum of 3, educational toys are something I’m very familiar with purchasing! Add onto this our love for Connetix magnetic tiles, and having gradually grown our own personal collection. So here are my insights into the Connetix Tile packs and what might be best to buy for your family.
My #1 piece of advice is to think about your children and how they like to play!
What Connetix magnetic tiles set will be better to buy first?
If this is your first magnetic tiles purchase, the key things to consider are HOW:
- Your children play,
- Many children will be using the tiles,
- YOU would like to play and explore learning fun with the magnetic tiles.
The 212 piece Mega Pack is considered the ultimate starter set – containing all shapes in EVERY rainbow colour PLUS six large hexagons in each colour and two purple car motion bases. This is a great option for sibling/ family/ friend play, larger builds, versatile play and also if you are keen to collect each shape in every colour 🌈.
The 100 piece Creative Pack also offers a variety in shapes and tiles in set colours – including fence pieces and rectangles. This is a great option if you are considering a mixture of big builds, balls runs, small world play, learning activities, etc.
If you are not confident whether your child will like magnetic tile play, I’d recommend either the 62 piece Starter Pack for a mix of smaller scale builds and different types of play, or the 24 piece Motion Pack if you have a little vehicle lover who enjoys wheels.
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We have more than one child, how many magnetic tiles will I need?
How many Connetix magnetic tiles you will need really depends on the age of your children and how they play. If your children are anything like mine…you can never have too many Connetix tiles! BUT I know what it’s like when you need to choose what to buy. So here is some food for thought…
If you are looking to purchase one set, either the 212 piece Mega Pack or the 100 piece Creative Pack will offer the greatest opportunity for sibling play.
Older children confident with magnetic tiles play (4+) will likely want to build bigger, colour match and use magnetic tiles in more versatile ways. If your children are both older, you will likely find you need more than one set of magnetic tiles.
Younger children will likely enjoy the smaller sets to begin with. As they grow and become more confident with magnetic tile play, they will likely want/need more Connetix.
Basically, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who felt they had too many magnetic tiles. Consider your children, take into account your budget and know that you can always expand your collection over time.
Please note: Connetix magnetic tiles are safety tested and approved for ages 3+. Always supervise younger children when playing with any toys/ items that contain small parts.
We have a set of Connetix magnetic tiles, what magnetic tiles set should we buy next?
Once again this is personal to your circumstances. Here are a few considerations for expanding your Connetix collection…
TO BUILD BIGGER:
The 212 piece Mega Pack is perfect if you want to kickstart or expand your magnetic tile collection and collect all colours and shapes (including the new large hexagons).
Another great set to help you build bigger is the 100 piece Creative Pack – this includes 6 large square tiles as well as a variety of different shape tiles in set colours.
The 40 piece Expansion Pack includes only squares and is a great option if you are mostly looking to build higher or extend your current creations (larger towers, rockets, ball runs, houses, etc). It also includes orange and green large magnetic tiles.
TO COLLECT EVERY COLOUR / SHAPE:
The 212 piece Mega Pack includes every shape in every colour.
The 100 piece Creative Pack, 62 piece Starter Pack, 40 piece Expansion Pack contain complimentary shapes and colours. Collecting all three packs will allow you to collect large square tiles, standard square tiles and triangle tiles in every colour.
TO EXPAND YOUR MAGNETIC TILE PLAY POSSIBILITIES:
The 24 piece Motion Pack is perfect for vehicle lovers! It comes with two car bases featuring real rubber wheels and a variety squares, windows, and rectangles.
If you are building on carpet or unstable surfaces, Base Plates will help you build higher than ever before. They also support larger multi-level constructions (i.e. doll houses, castles, houses, fire stations, rockets, towers).
The 92 piece Ball Run Expansion Pack is a perfect way to mix up your magnetic tile play. It includes a variety of clear, fluted tubes and connector pieces. (Please note: you may prefer to have standard magnetic tiles to maximise your Ball Run creations. I’d also recommend combining this Pack with the Base Plates).
Still unsure what magnetic tiles set to buy?
I highly recommend joining our Connetix Community Facebook group. You can ask Connetix users first hand of their first and subsequent purchases, see how their children and they themselves are playing and learning with Connetix, as well as getting advice from our team of educators and parents.
My parting advice – as your children grow, their skills and interests will expand and change (and likely so will your Connetix wish lists!). Connetix are a great gift idea to share with relatives and friends to help expand your collection.
Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with adding some Connetix magnetic tiles play to your lives!