Both of my children have a bit of a love for building things. Whether it’s knocking together something with lego or making something magnificent in Mincecraft, they are always building something. So when some Geomag sets arrived in the post, the kids were super excited.
We were sent two sets: The 192pc Geomag Panel set from the classic range, and the 86pc Geomag Mechanics set. I hadn’t heard of Geomag before, but Neil knew what it was as he’d used it in school. He couldn’t wait to get stuck in and show his sister what he could build.
Geomag Panel Set
We got started by opening up the panels set. Part of the classic Geomag range, the panel set offers up a whole variety of play. The magnetic rods and balls can be built in to so many shapes, while the colourful plastic panels add a bit of stability to the builds. The pack comes with a set of instructions to get you started and give you an idea of what kind of things you can create. Of course, the possibilities are endless, but this was a good starting point. The instructions are pretty easy to follow. As well as step by step pictures, there are QR codes that you can scan on your phone. Once scanned, you can watch a little video, which was amazing for some of the more difficult designs.
The kids were very quick to get going, and soon had created many different structures and shapes. It was great to watch them thinking about how the structures worked, and how they could move the magnetic bars around to get a different outcome. If something didn’t work they didn’t get frustrated, and they just tried again, so it was great to see those problem solving skills in action. They spent
I do love when a toy has educational benefits as well as being fun, and Geomag definitely ticks that box. It’s a great toy for helping kids explore STEM subjects. On a scientific level, watching the kids learn about polarity was great, they had a lot of fun playing around with the magnets and working out what the could and couldn’t do. They also did a lot of shape work, which ties in with some maths work they are doing at school. Working out how to turn 2D shapes in to 3D shapes was great.
The kids spent hours playing and creating structures. It’s really good to find a toy that keeps them engaged for so long, because these days toys get a quick play before they want their tech back.
Geomag Mechanics Set
Once we’d finished messing about with the panel set, we moved on to the Geomag Mechanics. The mechanics range is a bit of an evolution on the original classic range. Now instead of just building structures, you can use the magnetic forces to make moving structures.
This set we found a little bit more complicated. It was no longer a case of just making shapes. Things had to be in the right place for it to work, so it took a bit more thought. We did follow the instructions to the letter this time, just to make sure we got it right.
I loved watching the kids really concentrate and think about what they were doing. The concentration was so strong in fact, that Caitlin had her tongue out. And yes, everyone knows when the tongue comes out, someone means business. It wasn’t hard to build, but it definitely did take more work than the panels set, just to make sure things were in the right place. It paid off though, because soon they had built a structure that rotated with the invisible force of the magnets. The kids were so pleased with their work, you could see the amazement on their faces. It gave us a chance to discuss magnets and forces again, so they got a wee bit of a science lesson at the end. Putting my science GCSE to a bit of use… haha!
The kids absolutely loved playing with the two Geomag sets. I may have known nothing about Geomag a few weeks ago, but now I’ll definitely be buying them in future. It’s good to finally find something that both of the kids seem really interested in. I love that it’s teaching them about STEM subjects, but it doesn’t even feel like learning. This really is a great toy for kids to have at home, and would be great in schools too.
If you’d like to purchase and Geomag sets, they are available in Smyths and The Entertainer stores. If you’d like to find out more about them, you can find them here:
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