Problem Solving

Developing Problem-Solving Skills in Children with Magna-Tiles®

Magna-Tiles® magnetic shapes were invented in 1997 by a Japanese mathematics teacher who wanted to provide a more hands-on and engaging learning experience for his students. Today, Magna-Tiles® and Magna-Qubix® sets drive interest in STEM subjects and can be found in classrooms around the world.

We built our reputation by providing the educational community with safe and innovative educational tools to help their students learn about geometry – but our magnetic building sets are used for much more than learning about shapes. Playing with Magna-Tiles® can help kids learn and practice problem-solving skills, and we’re here to show you how.

Problem solving game using Magna-Tiles

Solving Problems with Magna-Tiles®

Add some variety to your lesson plans by incorporating an activity featuring Magna-Tiles®. With a kid’s magnetic building set from Valtech LLC, there is no limit to what they can create – or the problems they can solve. Some of the ways kids can learn and practice problem-solving skills with Magna-Tiles® include:


  • Adding and dividing fractions
  • Converting 2D outlines into 3D shapes
  • Creating 3D shapes and identifying edges and vertices
  • Identifying the tiles needed for various 3D shapes
  • Building structures to support a certain weight
  • Engineering a bridge that spans a certain distance
  • Predicting which shape will come next in a pattern or sequence
  • And many more.


Shapes game with Magna-Tiles

Where to Find Educational Problem-Solving Resources

Parents and educators can find useful information on our educator resources page, where Magna-Tiles® sets and learning ideas intersect. If you are looking for a fun and engaging problem-solving activity for your students or children, consider our Help the Gingerbread Man with Magna-Tiles® lesson plan, which can be downloaded for free. In this activity, students go into problem-solving mode as they construct a bridge out of Magna-Tiles® and help the gingerbread man safely cross the imaginary river. For more tips and inspirational ideas, visit our idea gallery.

Valentine puzzles with Magna-Tiles

Built for the Classroom and Individual Learning

In addition to helping kids learn and practice problem-solving skills, Magna-Tiles® are also beneficial for the following reasons:


  • Exposes young children to STEM activities and concepts
  • Provides an analog learning experience as opposed to digital
  • Builds social skills by promoting teamwork and cooperation
  • Provides a fun and engaging activity for the whole family
  • Inspires students to create and think outside the box
  • Drives student engagement and participation levels


All Magna-Tiles® products are made with food-grade, ABS plastic that’s free of BPA, latex, and phthalates, meaning they are manufactured to exceed the highest quality and safety standards. In over 20 years of business, our products have never been the subject of a safety recall, so you can feel confident about your students exploring their problem-solving abilities with our magnetic shapes. What’s more, our tiles are resistant to scratches, dents, and wear-and-tear and will hold up for years of classroom use.

Choose Magna-Tiles®, the Original Magnetic Building Sets

When considering problem-solving aids for your students or child, choose Magna-Tiles®. Our products are the original kids building magnets and will provide hours of screen-free playtime and problem-solving fun in the classroom, at home, and anywhere else you take your tiles. If you are interested in learning more about our innovative magnetic shapes, please contact us today.

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