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7 Reasons Why Magna-Tiles are a Must-Own Toy! {Kids Holiday Wishlist: Reviewed!}

Last Christmas, Magna-Tiles were on our wish list. I knew they would make a fabulous addition to our light table collection. Then one day, I splurged and we haven't looked back. Since the moment we first opened the box, the kids fell in love with them. Magna-Tiles have since been a favorite toy for both of my boys (and for many of my piano students' siblings!). So here are 7 reasons why we love Magna-Tiles and why I think every kid should own a set

Reasons why we love Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

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7 Reasons Why Magna-Tiles are a Must-Own Toy!

I know I have raved about how much my boys love the Magna-Tiles before, but if you need further convincing why you must own this building set, then here are my top seven reasons why you and your kids need them.


1. Magna-Tiles make a great addition to light table play. 

The clear colors set is ideal for light table play. I mean look...

How Magna-Tiles clear colors set look on the light table from And Next Comes L

Ooooh-aaaah! So pretty, right? So whether you have a small light panel, a DIY light box, or a large light table, your kids will definitely enjoy how the Magna-Tiles look when the light shines through. Layer a couple Magna-Tiles and you can explore color mixing too! Don't have a light table? Well, they look fabulous in natural light too!


2. Magna-Tiles are open-ended and versatile. 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to building with Magna-Tiles. From a giant, colorful soccer field for figurines to tin can and Magna-Tiles rockets to houses and 3D shapes, my boys never seem to run out of creative ways to build with them. Recently, three year old K has been building fancy garages out of the Magna-Tiles so that he would have somewhere to park his cars.


3. Magna-Tiles are great for kids of multiple ages. 

My boys are currently three and five and both enjoy building with them. Kids aside, I also enjoy playing with Magna-Tiles. They are just plain fun! I usually set out Magna-Tiles for the boys to play with while I'm teaching piano. Oftentimes, I catch some of the parents and their other children playing with them too. Magna-Tiles are irresistible to little and big hands.


4. Magna-Tiles are super easy to store. 

When we need to store the Magna-Tiles, which is rare, or transport them from room to room, we store our Magna-Tiles in a clear tote. We own the 100 piece set and it all fits in this one bin (pictured below). Since the Magna-Tiles are magnetic, you can stack and store them quite easily. They don't take up much room at all. And please disregard my model's extra dirty clothes...he was coloring furiously with chalk just before I asked him to do some modeling. I may or may not have been fending off an angry three year old as well. Why was he angry, you ask? Because I packed up his Magna-Tiles to transport them upstairs. True story.

Magna-Tiles are so easy to store! Just one of many reasons why we love Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L


5. Magna-Tiles are durable. 

The boys love to build tall towers and destroy them. That means that oftentimes, Magna-Tiles come crashing down onto hard surfaces. Many months in and we've yet to break, scratch, or dent a Magna-Tile. Knock on wood. I hope to keep it that way!


6. There are no tiny pieces. 

My kids like building with blocks and LEGO and such, but they have tiny pieces. Tiny pieces that hurt when you step on them. Tiny pieces that easily get lost. Tiny pieces that easily (and quite accidentally) get eaten (a LEGO eye may have recently been consumed by a child in my house). That is not a problem with Magna-Tiles. They don't hurt to step on, trust me, which also supports reason number five.


7. Magna-Tiles are easy to build with. 

I remember both of my boys being frustrated by certain types of building sets because the pieces wouldn't hold their place or the pieces were difficult to take apart. Since Magna-Tiles are magnetic, the pieces just simply stick together, making them great for little toddler hands or kids with fine motor difficulties. Plus, playing with magnets is just plain old fun!


So now that I have convinced you of their awesomeness, here's where you can purchase them:


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This review is part of the Kid's Holiday Wishlist: Reviewed! series. You can read about all the other great products by perusing the full wishlist here.
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  1. This is awesome! I love playing with them too!!!

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    1. Me too! They certainly appeal to all ages!

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  2. My almost four year has been pining for these!

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    1. Hopefully there will be no more pining!

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  3. I am so excited for this giveaway!!! I think my 4 yr old and 1 yr old would both enjoy them.

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    1. I could totally see your kiddos loving them, Jo!

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    1. I bet she would! They are so awesome. Thanks for entering!

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  5. My four year old preschoolers love anything magnetic. They would have a blast with the Magna Tiles

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  6. I would love to have these for my preschool light box!

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    1. They would be an excellent addition to your preschool light box!

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  7. These look awesome! I'd love to play with them myself and with my twins!

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    1. Hahaha...nevermind the twins, keep them for yourself! ;)

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  8. My kindergarten kids LOVE magna tiles. And truth be told, so do I!

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  9. Magna tiles sound awesome! Would love to win some for my kiddos

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    1. They really are great, Aleacia! Thanks for entering!

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  10. My girls would love these! I want to play with them, too! =)

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    1. Maybe you will all get to enjoy them together! Thanks for entering.

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  11. My kids love these at the children's museum - having some of their own would be amazing!

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  12. I would LOVE to win these!!! They are number 1 on the Christmas wish list this year! Thanks for the great review; I didn't think of the fact that they don't have a zillion little pieces.. I love that! Can't wait to try them :) :)

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    1. Amen to the no zillion little pieces! Maybe I can fulfill that #1 Christmas wish list gift. :)

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  13. My somewhat destructive 6 year old gets very frustrated with the small lego bits, and would love these. I've been giving them some serious consideration for the fast-approaching Christmas. Plus, my own pain threshold has been exceeded according to the lego-pain-ometer.

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    1. BHAHAHAHA! Best comment ever! I sincerely hope you win!

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  14. I absolutely love these. They entertain children for hours and teach amazing skills.

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    1. Right?! Pretty sure my boys spent 4-5 hours playing with them yesterday and another couple hours today!

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  15. One of my must-get Christmas gifts for my son this year! At 2 1/2, he loves Lego's, but can get frustrated when they do not fit together, so I have been very eager to try Magnatiles with him! They seem so simple, but fun and engaging and I think he would love them!

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    1. He would totally love them! No more frustrations, I promise.

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  16. We are in love with Magnatimes! We had these when I taught preschool and Kindergarten and I have wanted to get some for the house ever since. What a wonderful product!

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    1. They are wonderful, aren't they, Dayna?! Thanks for entering.

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  17. Amazing giveaway Dyan! Thank you! Fingers crossed :-)

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    1. Cross your toes too! There are a lot of entries!

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  18. Love Magnatiles! What a great giveaway!

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  19. We don't own any yet, but Nico loves magnetic thing so this would be great!

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  20. I'm so glad you are offering this giveaway! We've always wanted to get some!

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  21. These are for sure on our wish list this year - thanks to your Instagram!

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    1. Oh, how wonderful! Stay tuned for more ideas on Instagram!

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    1. They totally are, Laura! Your kiddos would love them!

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  23. G would love these!! I can totally see him building garages for his monster trucks, like K! They are so unique, if I don't win, I'm definitely buying some for Christmas!

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    1. Hahaha! Him and K could make all the garages they want together!

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  24. Fantastic!!!! I have my fingers (and toes, arms, legs, and eyes!) crossed for the win! My daughter would love these!!

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  25. These look great! My kids would love these

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    1. They are great! Thanks for entering.

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  26. My 3 year old daughter would absolutely love these! She loves creative, open ended toys so I know she would love these! We even have a homemade light table! Thank you!

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    1. Sweet! They would be a perfect addition to your homemade light table.

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  27. I've heard so much about these! Hope to try them soon.

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  28. My 3yr keeps telling me he needs more small squares(magna tiles). He says without them he can not build what he wants. He even tried to sneak a box of them in a while back at the store a few weeks ago, lol. He would be thrilled to get more "squares":)

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    1. Hahaha! I keep saying that we need more squares too! 100 just doesn't seem to be enough!

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  29. My son loves these, they are the first thing he plays with when we go to the CDM.

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    1. These are actually different than the ones at CDM. Magna-Tiles are way better!

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  30. I love that there's no little pieces to step on - the major downside of LEGOs!

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  31. I've just bought the lights ready to make a light table so would love some things to go on it!

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    1. Oooh, fun stuff! You'll have to join the Ultimate Light Table Guide on Facebook and share your light table when it's done!

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  32. We've played with these at our local library and they're awesome!

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    1. Woah, your local library has some?! That is awesome!

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  33. This are one of the top items on MY wishlist for the kids!

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  34. So awesome!!! My son love building toys so these set is amazing for that.

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    1. They soon like a wonderful fit for him!

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  35. We have tried them, and my son loves them!

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  36. I would LOVE to win these for my boys!!! :)

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    1. Oh, Melissa, your boys would love them!

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  37. My girls tried these at school and loved them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Well, thank YOU for entering! Good luck!

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  38. I want to try these because my little cousins would love them!

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  39. I got the opportunity to use these at a friends house and just love them!

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  40. Would love to try these out!

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  41. I want to try MagnaTiles because my bestie Dyan is OBSESSED with them and they look absolutely magical!!

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, that wacky Dyan character and her Magna-Tiles obsession, eh? ;)

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  42. I need these so I stop drooling all over my keyboard every time I see all those fun ways you play with them! :)

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    1. You are too sweet and too funny, Lisette!

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  43. These are already on my sons Christmas list ( and I know my husband will be thrilled to have them in the house too :) ) So badly want to win a set!!!

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    1. Eek! Maybe you will win it and then you can cross that item of your son's wish list!

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  44. I've always wanted a set for my students...I know they would love them!

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    1. I'm sure they would love them too! Thanks for entering.

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  45. I have wanted these for years! My mom has them and my kids LOVE to play with them when we visit. :)

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  46. I have an in-home daycare, as well as 5 & 8 year olds who would love them.

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    1. Sounds like they would get a lot of playtime in your house!

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  47. I've been wanting to add these to our building toys.

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    1. Maybe you'll win the set then! Good luck!

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  48. We would love to try them because they sound so versatile and the whole family can enjoy them!

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  49. these look awesome! the children in my class would LOVE them and there would be sooo much playful learning involved! :-)

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    1. Your children would be so lucky to win this set! Good luck!

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  50. My 5 year old daughter and my 2nd grade daughter would love these. I could see so many uses in math and other subjects to do project based learning activities.

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    1. Oh for sure! We've done our share of math activities with them, but there are definitely so many other ways to learn with them.

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  51. I have been eyeing these at the store. My Oldest son has Asperger's and would be in love with these.
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    1. Maybe you won't have to eye them any longer! Sounds like your son would benefit from having a great open-ended toy like this in his playroom!

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  52. Oh we love toys that get his imagination going! I think we would have so much fun with these! He loves to build!

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  53. My daughter loves these. She is always playing with them at Lakeshore Learning Store and asks for them all the time. She mentions how school has them.

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    1. I so wish we had a Lakeshore Learning Store here. They sound like such cool stores!

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  54. Because my daughter loves to build!

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    1. I wonder what she'll build with these!

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  55. We played with some at the science museum over the summer, and my 14 year old LOVED them! She's been asking for some ever since. They would make a great Christmas surprise for her.

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    1. See, they definitely do appeal to a variety of ages!

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  56. This has been on our wishlist for quite some time, would love to win this for my 3 1/2 year old daughter! Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

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    1. Hopefully you can cross it off the wishlist shortly! Good luck!

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  57. I want to win this as a Christmas present for my son because I've read really good reviews about these on Amazon.\
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    1. Well, everything you read in the Amazon reviews isn't a lie. Magna-Tiles are AWESOME!

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  58. Would love to win because have never seen anything like it. This is neat and cool. - shaunie on rafflecopter

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  59. These look amazing- I know I (and my family :) ) would love to play with them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. What an opportunity.....my class and my granddaughter would love these. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  61. We love Magna Tiles. I recently brought our set back out for my youngest to play with. Now they are all he wants to play with ;)
    Thanks for having the giveaway

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    1. Ha! I was just telling my husband tonight that if we purged our playroom of all toys, except for the Magna-Tiles, my boys probably wouldn't even notice that there aren't any other toys!

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  62. You have the very best and most creative MagnaTile ideas! You've sold us on them!

    We would try them on the light table first and then make bridges and tunnels for D's trains!

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    1. That kid loves his trains! And thanks, Devany for your sweet comment!

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  63. These would be perfect to keep my 3 year old busy when baby arrives! :)

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  64. My preschool children would love these!

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    1. They certainly would! Thanks for entering.

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  65. I cannot believe we have not played with these yet!!!! They're definitely on our wish list!!!!

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    1. WHAAAAAT?!

      Just kidding. I hadn't played with them until earlier this year.

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  66. I have these on my list for Christmas. My daughter is 3 and I have been wanting them so badly... I love that they not only bring out their creativity but they are also great for other subjects like math and science. Thank you so much for the chance, this would be a seriously blessing to our household. :)

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    1. I agree! They're so open ended, but great for exploring math and science, among other things. Good luck and thank you so much for entering!

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  67. I have a thing for giving my kids things that are creative & science oriented.

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    1. Sounds like these Magna-Tiles would be a perfect fit for you!

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  68. Multi-age fun for both my boys! These are always on my wishlist!

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    1. Hopefully they won't have to be on your wishlist any longer!

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  69. My son would love this set! I love watching him build!

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    1. Just wait until you see him build with Magna-Tiles! :D

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  70. We have Magformers and love them, but these, although similar, look like they'd be so much better for building houses and other structures for pretend play!

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    1. For sure! Magformers are somewhat similar, but my boys never liked the Magformers. Magna-Tiles, on the other hand, they LOVE!

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  71. My son has a very small set and has been BEGGING for more. They are so super fun to build with! He would do cartwheels for a 100 piece set!

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  72. I've never heard of these before! They look awesome!

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  73. Both my boys would LOVE these! It has been on our wishlist for some time.. and now we've got #3 on the way, too! Also, we plan to make a light table for Xmas for them, so it would be awesome to have for them to play with on there, too! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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    1. Thanks for entering! Sounds like you will have a busy household very soon (congrats on baby #3!). And I'd love for you to share your light table on my FB page when it's all finished.

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  74. I'm building a collection of quality, open-ended items for my preschool aged children. This would make a great addition.

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  75. BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MY DAUGHTER!!! THAANK YOU SO MUCH

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