Encourage pretend play, cognitive flexibility, critical thinking and more with these magnetic wooden blocks. A traditional wooden block set with a modern twist, children get to learn about the gravity defying nature of magnets and can create out of this world designs. This 30-piece set includes 6 different shapes that magnetically join for children to easily build and create their own structures. Designed for hours of open-ended play while introducing physics, promoting the development of fine and gross motor skills and problem-solving skills as they experiment with constructing, knocking down and constructing again.
Combine with our children around the world set to make a culturally diverse village for your child to explore.
- 30 pieces in each set.
- Comes packaged in a large Page & Pine bag to make pack up a breeze
- Magnets are covered by natural wood giving a clean and natural finish.
- Varying in size from 3cm to 10cm.
- Made with FSC certified New Zealand Pine and magnets.
- Suitable for children ages 2 years and over.
Skills your child is building during construction activities:
- Cognitive flexibility
- Fine motor skills
- Critical thinking
The Science of Pretend Play
Pretend play, sometimes referred to as imaginative play, has endless benefits for children. First and foremost, pretend play enables children to practice their social and emotional skills, allowing them to role play social scenarios in a low risk environment.
Not only do they practice social and emotional skills they also build empathy! During pretend play children assume different roles and practice perspective taking. Perspective taking, or theory of mind, is a hard won skill developed through practice over many years in childhood, and it is the key to growing into a healthy empathetic adult. Giving children opportunities to build this skill in a way that is engaging and expansive for them is crucial. Add to all of this the fact that research finds that toddlers who engage in pretend play also tend to have stronger vocabularies and communication skills in their preschool years and pretend play might truly be the most important thing your child does each day.
The Magnetic Wooden Block set is the perfect play prompt to encourage pretend play from your children. There are no prescriptive rules for building. They can build a single home, an entire town or a giant castle. Add our little wooden “children around the world” or encourage your child to create their own people from the toys they already own and watch them populate their little world and navigate social interactions you never even considered they would know about!
How you can use these toys to promote scientific thinking:
- Ask questions about how your child thinks their gravity defying structure is working
- Point out weird or unexpected things that could challenge the way they think about the world
- Encourage your child to lead (but remember it's okay if you take turns leading - this is normal too!)
- Ask open ended questions
Remember: ALL play is educational, even if it doesn't look like it to you. Play is a child's purpose. Play of any kind, with or without toys, is the most important thing your child will do. Today, tomorrow and every day!
Manufacturer: Freckled Frog