The Benefits of Magna-Tiles® for Toddlers
The toddler years are a time of rapid cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Parents and teachers see children quickly shed infant behaviors and begin to explore the world in new and exciting ways. Play is central among them, and giving kids toys that encourage creativity and active engagement, like our magnetic shapes, helps build the foundation for understanding math, science, reading, and complex thinking. Learn more about how you can help your little one learn, create, and grow with Magna-Tiles®.
Please note: Magna-Tiles® products are intended for children ages three and up. If using our magnetic toys with toddlers under the age of three, adult supervision is required.
Creative Toys for Limited Screen Time
According to the American Association of Pediatrics, screen time should be limited to minimal educational programming watched with a caregiver until at least 24 months. Once children reach age two, no more than an hour of screen time is suggested each day. Yet a study published by JAMA Pediatrics found that 79% of two-year-olds and nearly 95% of three-year-olds exceeded recommendations.
If you’ve struggled to find toys that capture toddler’s interest, the fault may lie in too much passive consumption of entertainment. That’s why Magna-Tiles® building sets don’t come with complex instructions or detailed designs to build. Instead, kids can use their imaginations and explore what interests them most. It’s a great way to encourage learning through play and reduce the time toddlers spend with screens.
Ideal for Building Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are an essential part of a toddler’s development. Building the strength and coordination required to grasp toys today will help a child later hold a pen, manipulate smaller and more complicated objects, and navigate technology. Magna-Tiles® magnetic shapes help strengthen fine motor skills with an easy-to-grip size that fits perfectly in little hands. What’s more, the strong magnets inside come together with a satisfying “click,” making it easier for toddlers to form shapes, build towers, and more.
Placing magnetic shapes also helps improve hand-eye coordination, which plays a role in motor skills as well. As children grow more secure in their ability to position tiles and build their creations, they’ll be well-prepared for developmental next steps, such as assembling puzzles, using buttons and zippers, and coloring.
Toys that Grow with Your Toddler
Many parents face frustration over toys that are used for a few months and discarded as kids age. Open-ended toys like Magna-Tiles®, however, grow with kids, helping them tackle new concepts and keeping pace with their budding imaginations. For example, the littlest learners can use magnetic shapes to identify and match colors and shapes. As they grow, parents and teachers can devise a host of hands-on learning activities that teach all of the following:
- Addition and subtraction
- Pattern recognition
- Letter recognition
- Stacking and building
- And more.
Best of all, Magna-Tiles® sets offer learning experiences every time toddlers play with parents, siblings, and friends. Using these magnetic shapes helps kids explore early problem-solving, sharing, communication, collaboration, and other skills that will serve them for life.
Magna-Tiles® construction sets aren’t just fun and educational. They’re also safe for kids of all ages with a tough design that withstands exuberant toddler play sessions day after day. Food-grade ABS plastic construction offers ample strength and contains no latex, phthalates, or BPA for worry-free play.
Many parents also have concerns about the safety of magnets for small children. Thanks to riveted corners and a secure design, you can rest assured that the powerful magnets that connect our magnetic shapes stay securely inside to keep kids safe.
Learn More about Magna-Tiles® for Toddlers
Toddlerhood is an important time for child development. Give your little ones the tools they need to thrive with Magna-Tiles® magnetic shapes. To learn more, explore our magnetic construction sets or contact us today.