Magna-Tiles

These blocks are fantastic—they come in several shapes and colors, and each piece is a polygon (so no curved sides). There are magnets along the edges inside the blocks that allow them to easily stick together. Your child can build towers and towns and whatever else comes from their imaginations, and you can also support them learning about polygons and polyhedrons, using vocabulary that they have learned in school like “vertices”, “angles”, “faces”, and “edges”. While I use these in class when we’re exploring the characteristics of polyhedrons and learning the different names for each one, I’ve found that my third graders will happily go grab these any time we have indoor recess, they just love playing with them so much. And clean-up is SO easy—since they each have magnets in them, all you have to do is stack the same shapes together and they stick together easily and fit nicely in the box.

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