How Creative Free-Play with Magna-Tiles® Can Combat Excessive Screen Time

How many hours per day does your child spend on a tablet, mobile phone or sitting in front of a computer? A report released last year by Common Sense Media found that children up to age eight spend an average of two hours and nineteen minutes per day on screens. As parents, we want to protect our kids from harmful effects of excessive screen time on their over-all health. And doctors agree! According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, “Overuse of digital media and screens can put children and teens at risk of obesity, sleep problems, cyberbullying and negative performance at school.”

So, what’s the best way to combat screen time? We believe immersing children in imaginative free play with toys like Magna-Tiles®! By captivating and engaging your child’s mind with a toy that is creative and educational, you’ll be able to lower time spent on screens and boost math, science, spatial and tactile skills.


Here’s how Magna-Tiles® fuses math, science and fun:

  • Anything your children can dream, they can create! Watch the creativity flow as they use Magna-Tiles® with their other favorite toys.
  • As your children count and match their Magna-Tiles®, they are learning about colors, numbers and science. Click here to download a lesson plan to use at home or in the classroom!
  • Playing with Magna-Tiles® develops fine motor skills as kids stack, build, and “click” together their creations.
  • When Magna-Tiles® are brought into the playroom with several children, they are able to collaborate and work together to construct and create. Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of the book Building Resilience in Children and Teens, said that “When kids are allowed free time to play, they learn how to work in groups, negotiate, share, self-advocate, and make decisions.” All vital habits to instill in children at a young age!


Magna-Tiles® has a wide array of sets that foster imaginative free play. And with our new product, Magna-Qubix®, your child can use 3D magnetic building cubes, pyramids and prisms to make symmetrical shapes, animals and towers, all while learning geometry!

As believers in the power of math and science fused with creativity, we know “If you can click it, you can create it!” Now you can click HERE to shop all Magna-Tiles® products, including our brand-new sets.

Be sure to share your creations on social media and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@MagnaTiles and @MagnaQubix) with #magnatiles and #magnaqubix to be featured!

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