Magna-Tiles

Awards/Press

Best Education Product And Toy of the Year

Parents' Choice Recommended

Fall 2017: Magna-Tiles® Glow 32 Piece Set is a a Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner. The committees found the product distinguished enough to give it a notch above our "Approval" rating. In other words, this commendation implies our approval and, even beyond that, our thorough recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.

Global Educator Institute Seal of Endorsement

Valtech Magna-Tiles has earned the Global Educator Institute (GEI) Seal of Endorsement, placing it among the best teaching products available today. GEI recognizes the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-approved learning products using a vigorous assessment process. Products bearing the GEI Seal of Endorsement have earned the distinction for improving learning and the learning environment.

Purdue University Engineering Thinking & Design Toy Award

Toys, games and books can support children’s early development of knowledge and skills related to engineering as well as science and mathematics. Magna-Tiles has been selected by the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering as a toy that promotes engineering thinking & design in both girls and boys.

Parents' Choice Recommended

Spring 2014 Toys: Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide is A Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner. The Parents' Choice Recommended Seal indicates that our committees found the product distinguished enough to give it a notch above our "Approval" rating. In other words, this commendation implies our approval and, even beyond that, our thorough recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.

Tillywig Brain Child Award

Fall 2014: Magna-Tiles® Solid Colors 48 Piece DX Set was awarded the Brain Child Award by the Tillywig Toy & Media Awards. Their mission is to provide retail buyers, news media, parents, and consumers with product information and reviews of superior children's products. They determine items to have high educational value and evaluate ease of first use, replay value, quality and appearance, social interaction, fun factor, creativity, and thought processes/motor skills.

Independent Toy Awards

2014: The Toy Shop UK awarded Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 100 Piece Set the commended medal in the construction category. The sixth annual Independent Toy Awards show what the nation's independent toy retailers think are the best toys for parents to be buying their children this holiday season.

Excellent Play

Excellent play's accreditation of toys, play implements and learning products is founded on the research of Jørn Martin Steenhold, C.Phil. His research has resulted, among other things, in the development of The Knowledge Wheel© and the 10 skills associated with it. The Knowledge Wheel© is designed and based on research into children's learning through play using toys and other implements. Jørn Martin Steenhold's research is ongoing and consistently updated.

ToyTesters.tv: Favourite Educational

2014: Children voted and awarded Magna-Tiles with the prestigious title of Favourite Educational Toy in 2014!

ToyTesters.tv: Most Fun

2014: Children voted and awarded Magna-Tiles as the runner up for the Most Fun Toy!

ToyTesters.tv: Most Entertaining

2014: Children voted and awarded Magna-Tiles as the runner up for the Most Entertaining Toy!

Dad's Choice

2014: Dad's and their children are the judges! Magna-Tiles were highly commended by Dad's in the UK as a building and making toy! Toys are evaluated on suitability for age groups, fun, value, playability, quality, and longevity.

Academics Choice: Brain Toy

Fall 2014: Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide is an Academics' Choice Brain Toy Award Winner! Review highlight: "I love this product. I know my kids will not only learn and experience long-term benefits from their play, but they will also have fun while they are playing. I want this toy for myself because it is so much fun."

Creative Play: Teaching Resources 4 - 7 year

Winter 2014: Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide won the Teaching Resources 4 - 7 year old category from Creative Play UK

Creative Play: Special Educational Needs Toy 4 - 7 years

Winter 2014: Magna-Tiles® 33 Piece GS Set and Connection Guide won the Special Educational Needs Toys 4 - 7 year old category from Creative Play UK

Astra Best Toys for Kids Winner

2009 Classic Play (younger): Magna-Tiles® were awarded Best Toys for Kids by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association as a product exemplifying the ideals of fun, engating, unique, open-ended, and safe play.

Teachers' Choice Award

2006 Excellence in Classroom Products: Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors were awarded the Teachers' Choice Award by Learning Magazine. For 19 years, Learning Magazine heralds the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products.

Dr. Toy

10 Best Educational Products. For nearly twenty five years, Dr.Toy has been awarding children's products her seals of approval. These items have distinguished themselves over other products in quality and excellence, providing both lasting value and lasting learning. And of course, providing lasting fun.

National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)

2005: Magna-Tiles® were named a Gold Award Winner in the NAPPA competition. This distinction recognizes Magna-Tiles as among the best toys available for children. NAPPA is focused on children's learning and entertainment and provide information for parents and loving adults who want high-quality children's toys and products that provide "smart fun," good design and grow with children's developmental needs.

Parents' Choice Silver Honors Award Winner

Spring 2005 Toys: Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors were awarded the Parents' Choice Silver Honor by the Parents' Choice Foundation. These are designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills. Parent's Choice has been providing children's media and toy reviews since 1978 and was designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children.

Parents' Choice Gold Awards

Fall 2000 Toys: Magna-Tiles® were awarded the Parent's Choice Award by the Parents' Choice Foundation. Since 1978 the only nonprofit consumer guide to Children's Books, Video, Toys, Audio, Computer Programs, Television, Magazines, and Rock'N'Roll. These are judged as the highest quality, most appealing products in their genre. Criteria for judgments include the highest production standards, universal human values and a unique, individual quality that pushes the product a notch above others.

Parenting Magazine

1998: 8-12 Yrs. Parenting Magazine Toy of the Year. Parenting Magazine Early Years is for moms with babies and toddlers; Parenting Magazine School Years is for moms with school-age kids. Each provides real, mom-tested advice that specifically relates to your life as a mom.

Early Childhood News

1998: Earlychildhood News Director's Choice Award. Each year Earlychildhood News recognizes excellence in the design and manufacture of products for young children. This prestigious awards program serves as a resource for child care providers and preschool teachers to assist them in choosing safe, durable and age-appropriate products for young children.

In The News

Magna-Tiles® Press

Video footage of the research shows a little boy who, while playing with a simple set of flat magnetic shapes called Magna-Tiles, needed a square tile to complete the “tiger house” he was building. When he couldn’t find one, he made one by combining two triangles—a fascinating demonstration of how building toys connect to math concepts. It turns out that what makes toys effective at promoting STEM skills is not gender targeting or complicated design, but qualities like simplicity and open-endedness that allow a child to experiment and explore.

-The New Yorker

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The first-grade students use Magna-Tiles to have a tactical and engaging approach to learning about 3-D shapes and structures. In practice, students are often tasked with crossing off a checklist of shapes and structures while working in small groups. This allows the students to learn with their hands while grasping math concepts.

“They give the students a chance to be scientists and engineers,” First-Grade Teacher Mary Jo Schulz said. “It’s also important for the students to build social skills, work together and play together.”

-The Daily Journal - Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Parents’ Praises

What Some Happy Customers Are Saying!

We have had Magna-Tiles in our home for 2 years. First the boys learned the names of the triangles, but have recently noticed the different angles on the insides (ours are translucent) and we have been measuring the angles inside them. Great way to introduce some elements of geometry while still "playing" with them.

Zolynne S. of Penticton, BC

My preschool twins LOVE Magna-Tiles! They create patterns, experience physics, and sort colors. They love to plan and built houses and spaceships for lots of pretend play. They even counted all 100 pieces the other day!

Lisa K. of Hiawatha, IA

We use Magna-Tiles in the classroom and at home to teach basic concepts of shapes, colors, math, physics, architecture, design, and much more. Magna-Tiles allow me to facilitate my son's and students' creativity in learning not only basic concepts but more advanced math, science and literacy skills. Magna-Tiles leads to creative play for children, that helps them learn while having fun! Magna-Tiles are a valuable teaching tool inside and outside of the classroom!

Robin V of Cedar Falls, IA

My four year old loves to play with Magna-Tiles at daycare. He invented a game where the children build different shaped structures and then simulate "earthquakes" to see what kind of structures stand up to the earthquakes and which ones fall down. It's teaching him math and science, all while having fun!

Gemma M of Wexford, PA

We use Magna-Tiles in many ways - I love to keep them on the fridge for the kids to create shapes and designs with while I fix dinner. We also love to sit down and trace the magna tiles onto paper to create 'puzzles' for our daughter!

Jessica J of Navarre, FL

My son loves to use his Magna-Tiles to build 3-dimensional structures. He has made computers and scanners for imaginative play, he makes boxes to hold things, and his favorite is to build skyscrapers and high rise hotels. As he learns math concepts in elementary school, I see him using Magna-Tiles to aid his understanding, particularly with geometric concepts. His Magna-Tiles are his most played with toy, even over his Legos! We have a metal magnet board on the wall in his play area that he used for magnetic letters and such. Now he uses it to build Magna-Tile structures that pop out of the wall. They are definitely the favorite toy here!

Diane S of Willow Grove, PA

We love Magna-Tiles! With an inquisitive preschooler in the house, we are always answering questions...love incorporating physical elements in our answers! Magna-Tiles are a great way for us to use shapes to creatively build/show/touch shapes, math, science....our latest creation was building a Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick's Day to help answer the age-old question of "how do you catch a Leprechaun"???

Rachel D of Portland, OR

I love Magna-Tiles, we had them at my college labratory preschool and I would love to have them in my preschool classroom at my center as well. They are so great for constructing, creativity, learning colors, imaginative play. I also like that kids can follow a blue print to copy a design and follow a direction and get a print rich use out of them as well. These could be used for so many different lessons, construction, colors, art, science, building, etc. the list goes on and on.

Nichole L of Grand Rapids, MI

"My grandchildren use Magna-Tiles to create various designs and structures and enjoy them. It's fun to watch them express their imaginations through the use of Magna-Tiles!"

Mary M of Eugene, OR

My son loves to build complex structures using Magna-Tiles at his daycare. He appreciates how the pieces hold together and do not tip over easily like his other blocks. We find this has strengthened his ability to understand how objects support themselves and the starting foundation of engineering his creations to not only look beautiful but also to be robust!

Luanne J of Blenheim, ON

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