Monday, November 23, 2009

Magna Play Review and Giveaway

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As soon as we got these Alphabet Picture Puzzles from Magna Play, we had to open them. ER grabbed the little cosmetic sized storage case and carried them off to her room. Where she was busy putting them together and playing independently for 30 minutes, in and of itself a minor miracle and enough for me to give this toy top ratings! The set we received is called an Alphabet Picture Puzzle, and rather than being one big puzzle it more like 26 two piece mini puzzles, one for each letter of the alphabet. There are 52 pieces, or tiles as Magna Play calls them, in total. Each one with a full magnetic backing. That's so they can be used with MagnaPlay's magnetic activity board and storage case called a MagnaKase. When used together, a child can take their Magnetic Alphabet Puzzle on the go, using the tiles on the surface or storing them inside the MagnaKase.

I have not used a MagnaKase, nor have I seen one in person. I like the option of using them for a a portable educational toy but there are plenty of ways to enjoy them without a one. Take them in the zippered case the next time you go visiting, and bring a fun activity for your kids. You can put them together on any surface or use them on a refrigerator, if it's magnetic. Or you can play the game suggested by MagnaPlay: Shuffle the tiles and place them face up and let the children pick up one tile at a time.
Here is the puzzle for the letter I, as in I is for Ice Cream. Isn't it fun how it's actually shaped like an ice cream cone? You might notice that the capital letter I is printed in yellow, that's to help kids learn the difference between vowels and consonants, which are done in white.
I have purchased alphabet puzzles in the past for my classroom, but they were made out of thick cardboard or cheaply made out of wood with rough edges. I know that the wooden Alphabet Picture Puzzle will stand up to years of use. It has a nice thin profile and the edges are smooth and polished. A set would also make a great center in an early learning center, kids would love putting these together on the white board or on the side of a filing cabinet.
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MagnaPlay for providing the review and giveaway products. This review reflects my own experience with the Alphabet Picture Puzzle and unbiased opinions. Your may differ.

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megatonk said...

I had something like this when I was young and I loved it. I know a little bird who would probably love them too. Thanks for a chance at them. Oh, and I like the magnetic travel case. (email in profile)

Becky said...

The magnetic alphabet picture puzzles are really nice. They look sturdy and them being magnetic is nice as well.

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The girl who painted trees said...

Love this puzzle. The letter tiles would be useful too.

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Cynthia said...

I would love the magna kase. It's awesome

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Kristen said...

I like the MagnaPlay Magnetic Activity Travel Set; I'm sure my kidlet would get lots of use from it!

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Joannof10 said...

I would love the alphabet picture puzzles because this is exactly what my little are learning right now

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Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

MagnaKase Wooden Magnetic Dry Erase Activity Case is a great looking learning toy for my ggranddaughter.

Love the puzzle. Another toy she would learn from.

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I would love the alphabet puzzle Susan

jillykat07 said...

Oh I'd LOVE to have the Magnetic Number Puzzle - since we are learned about numbers with my 2 1/2 yr old and she LOVES puzzles!!!

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Michelle said...

I like the Magna Play Magnetic Activity Travel Set. I think it would make traveling a lot more fun. My in-laws live an hour away and this would be a great way to keep Emily entertained!

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wigget said...

i like the magnaplay magnetic activity travel set because it's great for traveling to grandma's

Desiree said...

I'd like the coloring travel set

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Rebecca said...

I would love the alphabet picture puzzle set for my son.

Mama Ruck said...

MagnaKase Wooden Magnetic Dry Erase Activity Case
looks like a great complete set!

Karmah said...

I love the magnetic activity kit, as well. This would be perfect for my stepdaughter who is a little behind in Preschool

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Erica said...

the magnetic travel set would be great

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slk said...

My daughter would llove the magnetic travel case.

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I like the magnetic alphabet picture puzzle
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Anonymous said...

love the magnetic travel case
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Laura said...

I'd love the magnetic travel activity set! Who doesn't want their kids to be quietly entertained on long road trips?!

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Jennifer said...

I would like the alphabet puzzle.

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Niecey said...

I'd love the Magnetic Wooden Letter Tiles because we homoeschool and these would fit in well with our lessons and also be fun

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the travle toys look inviteing
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