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Sphero: Encouraging Creativity and Coding for Kids

Posted on November 06, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

 

Sphero Robotic Ball | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toy Shop

For toys that encourage an interest in STEM skills, the Sphero products are a perfect fit. All of the Sphero products feature a programmable robotic ball, which teaches children the fundamentals of coding and its real-world applications. Children learn how to program the ball through the use of an educational app on a laptop, iOS or Android device and watch as the results of their programming lead to the ball being able to be controlled and respond to their commands.

We offer a variety of Sphero products at KidzInc, and if you are interested in encouraging your child's creativity while they develop valuable cognitive skills, then read on to learn which Sphero product may be right for you!

Benefits of Learning to Code

According to Edutopia, there are many benefits to teaching young children how to code. In particular, children who learn how to code gain broadly applicable STEM skills, such as:

●  Problem-solving skills
●  Analytical thinking
●  Paying attention to detail
●  Exercising creative and innovative thinking
 

In particular, children gain important problem-solving skills by thinking about what result they want to accomplish and designing a solution to that problem. This allows them to apply knowledge and skills in new ways, and they can use to guide the Sphero robot through a maze or to work with other toys and blocks to simulate machine-like contraptions, such as powering a toy car made by the child. They also learn how to think analytically when they have to adjust and tweak their solution based on their result. Maybe their first set of coded instructions didn't work, so now they modify the instructions, taking out ones that didn't work and adding ones, to achieve the intended result. This type of experimentation and evaluation is prevalent in STEM but can be applied to a wide variety of contexts!

Sphero Products for the Home 

We feature three Sphero products that are perfect for parents looking to encourage the development of important cognitive STEM skills and creativity.

Sphero Mini

The Sphero Mini is about the size of a ping-pong ball, making it wonderfully compact. It comes in a variety of colours and has unique features when programming it to follow directions: using the app, it can follow directions based on silly facial expressions or even screaming! It offers the least amount of coding but could be a perfect introduction to a child who might be resistant to "educational" toys.

    Sphero Robotic Ball Mini | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Shop

    Sphero SPRK+ Edition

    The Sphero SPRK+ Edition features more classic lessons in coding but keeps it fun by showing kids how to guide the robotic ball through a maze or to power toy machines. It also encourages children's creativity by allowing them to create their own challenges and designs, allowing them to take their skills to the next level.
     
    Sphero Sprk+ | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

     

    Sphero Bolt

    The Sphero BOLT is the most advanced Sphero robotic ball. It features a programmable LED matrix that can display shapes and even emoticons, a longer battery life for extended play, and multiple ways to learn to code, including drawing, Scratch blocks, or JavaScript!

       Sphero Bolt | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Sphero Products for the Classroom

      The Sphero products aren't limited to at-home use. We offer Power Packs for the Sphero SPRK+ Edition and the Sphero BOLT. If you are interested in teaching children valuable skills in a classroom or as part of a club or community organization, then these Power Packs are perfect. Each comes with multiple robots so several children can use them at once.

      The Sphero SPRK+ Edition Power Pack contains 12 SPRK+Edition robots, and the Sphero BOLT Power Pack contains 15 BOLT robots.

      Sphero Bolt Power Pack for Classroom | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      When used in the classroom, both Sphero SPRK+ Edition Power Pack and Sphero BOLT Power Pack can encourage teamwork skills, as students have to work together to complete a challenge using the Sphero Robot. In the STEM disciplines, people are often collaborating across departments and combining the strengths of different fields to yield a new, innovative solution. By fostering children's ability to work in teams to solve problems, and encouraging the development of other important skills such as problem-solving and analytical thinking, we can prepare our children for what the future holds.

      We hope you'll consider adding one of the Sphero products to your home or classroom today!

      The 7 benefits of the Osmo Genius Kit and Osmo Kits for Kids' Learning

      Posted on November 06, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

       

      Osmo Australia | Educational Toy Shop | KidzInc Australia

      The Osmo game system including the Osmo Genius Kit is an incredible way to help kids develop their creativity and social skills - all by interacting with an iPad or iPhone in a very different way. This amazing system has the distinction of being named one of Time Magazine's Best inventions in 2014 and is used in 30,000 schools in 42 different countries. What makes Osmo so unique? How can it support kids' learning?

      What exactly is the Osmo Game System?

      Simply put, Osmo game system including the popular Osmo Genius Kit is an accessory for iPhones, iPads, or Amazon Fire tablets that allows children to explore in both a digital and physical sense. Instead of just looking at a screen, children can engage with their creativity, STEM skills, spatial awareness, social learning, and problem solving with hands-on, interactive activities.

      Most of the games are approved for children ages 5-11, which means Osmo can provide years of fun and learning. Each game supports children's learning in a unique way:

      1. Osmo Numbers Game

      Looking for a way to make math fun for kids? The Osmo Numbers Game offers a solution for you—and a whole lot of fun for kids. Your child will learn skills like counting, addition, subtraction, and multiplication through a series of hands-on games. Osmo fuses a fun digital underwater world that will spark kids' imaginations with a hands-on component that will strengthen their mathematical skills and confidence. Using tiles, kids will play the stress-free Numbers game, building up speed at different levels.

      Osmo Numbers | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      2. Osmo Pizza Co. Game

      Like the Numbers Game, the Osmo Pizza Co. Game teaches kids valuable math skills as they let their imaginations go wild in a play-pizza shop. They'll not only add, subtract, and divide—they'll learn and hone valuable social skills and problem-solving techniques. The Pizza Co. Game is unique in that it introduces children to nonverbal communication as part of the entrepreneurial pizza-shop experience. They'll work on recognising customers' satisfaction from facial expressions and gestures, and even work on their investing skills!

      Osmo Pizza Co | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      3. Osmo Coding Awbie Game

      In a world where digital skills are more and more important, Osmo's Coding Awbie Game offers kids the incredible opportunity to learn the basics of coding. By manipulating physical blocks and sequencing them, kids get a taste of coding. In addition to that specific skill, this game teaches kids valuable lessons in problem-solving and helps them hone their focus and attention. This game is appropriate for children all the way up age twelve and beyond.

      Osmo Coding Awbie Game | KidzInc Australia

      4. Osmo Coding Jam Game

      For another unique coding experience, check out Osmo's Coding Jam Game. This game is special in that it fuses coding with musical learning, so it's teaching valuable digital skills while also engaging with children's musical intelligence. Kids can compose music through coding blocks, creating a unique and creative musical experience. 

      Osmo Coding Jam Game | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toy Shop

      5. Osmo Creative Kit with Base and Mirror

      This Creative Kit game fuses three different games, Monster, Newton, and Masterpiece. Kids will be able to physically draw - then see their creations pop up on the digital screen before them in an interactive way. The Monster game teaches drawing; Newton teaches creative thinking and social skills; and Masterpiece fuses creativity and confidence. Together, these three games help kids engage with their artistic side, build confidence, and work on their social skills.

      Osmo Creative Kit with Base and Mirror | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      6. Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers Kit

      The Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers kit is an amazing way to build up kids' reflexes—and appeal to their pre-existing love of racing! Kids can launch one of their six Hot Wheels cars, then race it through exciting tracks that will keep their minds working fast to keep up. In addition to building up hand-eye coordination, Mindracers can offer cooperative skills or healthy competitive skills by allowing kids to play solo or with other kids.

      Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers Kit | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      7. Osmo Genius Kit with Base and Mirror

      If you're looking for a way to keep your child engaged with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills that are so important in today's digital world, then the Genius Kit is going to be a perfect choice.

      It includes five games: Tangram teaches spatial-relational skills through wooden blocks; Words teaches spelling and critical thinking with physical tiles; Numbers encourages kids to improve their math skills; Newton teaches problem-solving; and Masterpiece teaches drawing and confidence. Taken together, these five games are a comprehensive way to support your child's exploration in art, math, science, visual thinking, and more.

      Osmo Genius Kit with Base and Mirror | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      If you're interested in giving your child or children a game that will provide countless hours of fun—all while teaching valuable and irreplaceable skills—check out the full collection of Osmo games and the Osmo Genius Kit that we offer at Kidzinc. You can also Contact us today for more information!

      Posted in Osmo Game System Australia, Osmo Genius Kit, Osmo Genius Kit Australia

      Magnetic Building Fun with Geomag

      Posted on October 30, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

      Geomag Australia | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Fun magnetic construction toys are ideal for encouraging fine motor skills, logic, imagination and problem-solving. The Swiss-made Geomag toy sets are a leader in this category of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) toys, offering a wide range of innovative play sets for young architects and engineers of all ages. 

      The original Geomag concept utilises magnetic rods and steel spheres, allowing for infinitely creative three-dimensional constructions. These classic Geomags have now evolved to include new elements and new opportunities for play. Even the littlest builders will be inspired to create with Geomag's colourful magnetic Magicubes, an easy-to-handle upgrade on the classic building blocks. The more advanced Geomag Mechanics, KOR and Pro-L lines, for kids 7 to 8 years and up, challenge these expert builders, stimulate the imagination and provide an introduction to basic concepts of geometry, physic and structural engineering. Here are just a few of our favourite Geomag sets:

      Geomag Magicube

      We are big fans of the Geomag Magicube construction systems. With magnetic cubes that attach on every side, even very small children enjoy easy, frustration-free building.
      The Magicube Free Building set includes 27 Magicubes, compatible with all Magicube sets. Suitable for 18 months plus.
      Magicube Free Building 27 Pieces | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Motivate young storytellers to build a world of their imagination with Magicube Castles and Homes. The 16 colourful magnetic cubes easily attach from every side, so your littlest architects are encouraged to construct colourful castles and other inspired structures. Their stories come to life with the 62 illustrated Magic Clips, featuring doors, windows, trees and more. We love this set for its endless creative play, and the fun means of fostering fine motor skills, visual-spatial skills and storytelling. Suitable for 3 years and up.
      Geomag Magicube Castles and Homes | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      It's never too early to introduce STEM concepts to inquiring young minds. The clever Magicube Polar Animals set develops creativity in kids as young as 18 months old. The 8 graphic magnetic cubes are simple to attach at any side to build 4 different animal cubes, a polar bear, seal, penguin and whale.
      Geomag Magicube Polar Animals | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Geomag Panels

      The sky's the limit with the expansive Geomag Panels 192 set. This ultimate panel kit includes a generous array of 65 green rods, 50 steel spheres, 3 platforms and 74 coloured triangular, square and pentagonal plastic panels. Suitable for 3 years and up.

      Geomag Panels 192 | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Geomag Glitter

      Make it sparkly with the Geomag Glitter 68 piece set. The magnetic bars, steel spheres and geometric panels allow for sturdy 3D construction, promoting creativity and logical thinking in young architects from 3 years and up.

      Geomag Glitter 68 | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Geomag Mechanics Gravity

      Introduce more expert builders to the fundamental principles of physics with Geomag's Mechanics Gravity Jump Run magnetic and mechanical construction set. The Geomag Magnetics line utilises an innovative gravity motor, using the weight of the Geomag steel spheres to kickstart the mechanisms without electricity or batteries. The set includes 11 magnetic rods, 36 steel spheres and 196 plastic mechanical elements. Suitable for 7 years and up.

      Geomag Mechanics Gravity Jump Run 243 | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Geomag Pro-L

      Explore geometry, structural engineering and the science of magnets and polarity with the Geomag Pro-L 110.  Illustrated instructions inspire the creation of spinning magnet models with 36 magnetic rods, 30 metal spheres and 44 geometric panels that easily snap into place. Build the Platonic Solids, Archimedean Solids and molecular structures. Suitable for 8 years and up.

      Geomag Pro L-110 | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

      Geomag KOR

      Geomag's KOR construction system allows your child to create innovative characters and invent imaginative stories. Cue the PROTEONs, heroic creatures recently landed on earth, each with distinct characteristics. Meet the PROTEON Vulkram,  with strength derived from the power of a volcanic eruption. This 103-piece set provides Geomag's magnetic components and steel spheres along with wings, legs, feet, heads and antennae to create your fantasy character. Suitable for 5 years and up.

      Geomag KOR Proteon Vulkram | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        You can view the full range of Geomag magnetic construction toys at Kidzinc here.

        At Kidzinc, we are dedicated to sourcing only the very best developmental and educational toys for your child. We welcome you to browse our selection of toys, games and puzzles for all ages from baby to 12 years.

        Posted in geomag, geomag australia

        Preschool Toys for Girls: A Great Product Roundup

        Posted on October 28, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

         Preschool Toys For Girls Australia

        There are plenty of sparkly, frilly toys on the market for the little girl in your life. When you're choosing toys, however, you want to be sure that you're offering more than just fun: you want educational value that will stand out! These great preschool toys for girls will allow your little girl to fall in love with a range of exciting toys with incredible educational potential. 

        1. Playmags are an amazing building toy that will let your little girl learn more about engineering, construction, and more. This 100-piece set contains super-strong magnets that will allow for even more building fun. 

        Playmags Super Mags 100 Piece Set | Kidzinc Australia

        2. Miniland Emotiblocks is a game that will help your little girl develop those vital empathy skills. From learning to recognise emotions by facial expressions to opening the door to discussions about how to handle those emotions in others, Emotiblocks offers your family the opportunity to increase emotional intelligence in your little ones. 

        Miniland Aptitude Emotiblocks 25 pieces | Preschool Toys For Girls | KidzInc Australia

        3. The Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop is filled with the fun sweets that your little princess often enjoys when she plays in her kitchen, but with a twist: it comes with gears! Spin, twirl, and swirl these fun sweets in a STEM activity that will keep your little one busy for hours.

        Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Sweet Shop | Kidzinc Australia

        4. The Let's Go Code! Activity Set by Learning Resources is a great way to teach a little girl basic coding skills without ever requiring her to sit in front of the computer. This coding came will allow her to jump, skip, and hop her way through basic coding lessons as she develops incredible problem-solving skills. 

         Learning Resources Coding Buddies Let's Go Activity Set | Kidzinc Australia

        5. Wooden Block Planks by Kapla are a simple, fun toy that will help inspire hours of construction. It's complex simplicity: a familiar plank shape, stable enough for constructing incredible structures with a minimum of effort, will allow your little one to build, explore, and learn more about engineering and construction. 

        Kapla Planks 200 Piece Set | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        6. The Doll Family Mansion by Hape is the perfect way to inspire your little one to creative and imaginative play. Every little girl needs a dollhouse, and with the Hape Doll Family Mansion, your little princess will be able to let her imagination take flight. 

        Hape Doll Family Mansion | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        7. The Bamboo Pallina Game by Hape is problem-solving fun for the whole family! Carefully pull sticks out of the basket, but don't let the balls fall down! This game is sure to inspire plenty of family-centered game nights. 

        Hape Bamboo Pallina Game | Kidzinc Australia

        8. Goldieblox is dedicated to creating toys and games that encourage engineering and problem-solving skills in little girls--and this book and construction-piece set is a great way to inspire the little girl in your life. 

        Goldieblox and the Spinning Machine | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        9. Mars Explorer from GeoSmart helps your little girl take her creative explorations to the next level as she works to construct a real moving rover complete with lights and a remote control. 

        Geosmart Mars Explorer | Kidzinc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        10. Glitter 68 by Geomag is a sparkling, shimmering collection of magnetic toys that are sure to appeal to any little girl. They're bright, colourful, and ready to teach the little girl in your life more about construction and engineering. 

        Geomag Glitter 68 Pieces | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        11. The Balance Teeter Popper from Fat Brain Toys is a great way to encourage your little girl to get moving and rocking in a fun, exciting way. You'll love watching her face as she explores, grows, and learns how to perform new moves, all with a great sensory experience that will be sure to delight every time. 

        Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

        12. The Design and Drill Flower Popper Studio from Educational Insights will encourage creativity while teaching your little girl a wide variety of engineering skills. Drills aren't just for boys--and the fun, creative garden designs your little one can create with her new kit will help her learn more about what she can do.

        Educational Insights Design and Drill Flower Power Studio | KidzInc Australia

        13. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a little book that can teach your little girl big lessons about how to show kindness for others. Little things can make a big difference and be incredibly rewarding, and this book will help walk them through the process of becoming a bucket filler. 

        BUCKETFILLING BOOKS HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?: A GUIDE TO DAILY HAPPINESS FOR KIDS

        Choosing educational toys for your little girl means you have selected a gift that will keep on giving long after the excitement of tearing off the wrapping paper is over.

        These preschool toys for girls will delight and educate for years to come. 

        Posted in educational toys for 3 year olds australia, educational toys for preschool girls australia, Preschool Toys For Girls

        Tech Will Save Us: Educational STEM Kits for Kids

        Posted on October 12, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

        Tech Will Save Us Educational STEM Kits | KidzInc Australia

        We love STEM kits! 

        Tech Will Save Us has designed engaging and educational STEM kits to promote the development of STEM skills, combined with creativity and craftiness to make learning fun. Each kit has something unique to offer, but they all focus on making STEM fun for children by incorporating colourful lights that children control by with coding and design. All of the STEM kits focus on allowing children to express their creativity by allowing them to test and analyse their designs based on how well the results turned out, and they can modify as needed—an important aspect of STEM learning! In addition to the important problem-solving and analytical skills these kits develop, the kits also encourage physical activity, which is important for your child's ongoing development, and craftsmanship, which can teach them valuable lessons about what it means to be detail-oriented. By incorporating motor skills and problem-solving, these kits teach children to employ several skills at once when faced with future challenges.

        Light Racer Kit

        The Light Racer Kit allows children to create bicycle lights that run on wireless power. Children build an electromagnetic light and then attach the light to their bicycle wheels—the energy the lights need to flash is powered by the movement of the bicycle itself! This kit is perfect for high-energy children who enjoy being creative through physical action.

        ▶︎ Children will learn about the way that light and electromagnetism work, and they also learn about generating energy in a renewable way.

        ▶︎ They also get the added fun of showing off their efforts when they ride their bikes, just one way that this kit encourages children to be physically active as well as intellectually curious.

          Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Kit Australia

          Sew and Glow Kit

          The Sew and Glow Kit use a special type of thread, called conductive electro thread, that lights up in the dark. Children use the thread to sew together bright and eye-catching badges, using either the templates provided or by designing their own, which they can add to their backpacks or clothing as they please.

          ▶︎ Children learn about conductivity through understanding how the electro thread works.
          ▶︎ The kit promotes ultimate creativity by letting kids create whatever designs they like, and they can proudly show off the results of their labour at the end!
          ▶︎ It also encourages the development of crafting skills through sewing and cutting, which are both valuable skills for childhood development.

            Tech Will Save Us Code and Glow Kit | STEM Toys | KidzInc Australia

            Creative Coder Kit

            The Creative Coder Kit is a wearable that children can build and code using block-based coding. The kit comes with simple software that you connect the wearable to once it's built, and then children can program the wearable to light up with specific movements. There are also more projects available in the online community, such as building a lightsaber or coding a hot potato game.

            ▶︎ Children learn the elements of coding, which is a useful skill as we move towards more technology-based jobs.
            ▶︎ Children are also encouraged to be physically active in their play, as the wearable responds to movement and flashes different coloured lights.
            ▶︎ It encourages creativity by allowing children to explore additional projects, or to design their own!

              Tech Will Save Us Creative Coder Kit | STEM Toys | KidzInc Australia

              These STEM kits bring together creativity, physical activity, and problem-solving all in one. Each kit teaches children different elements of STEM, such as electromagnetism, conductivity, and coding, while making it fun by combining it with movement and crafts. There is also ample play time, as each STEM kit has an online community where children can find more projects to try or create their own. There is bound to be a kit that appeals to your child, so we highly encourage you to take a look at each of the kits and find the one that's perfect for your child!

              At Kidzinc we have a huge range of STEM kits and STEM toys.

              Posted in STEM Toys Australia, Tech Will Save US STEM Kits for Kids

              Magformers for 3D Brain-Training Fun

              Posted on October 10, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

              Magformers Australia | KidzInc Australia

               Psychologists and educators have long known about the benefits of playing in childhood. With the right toys and games, kids can develop their cognitive, creative, spatial, and deductive reasoning skills. 

              When it comes to spatial intelligence, studies have shown a correlation between toys that build those skills—like building blocks or other 3D geometric games —and greater spatial development. Enter Magformers: the perfect toy to develop kids' brains in all areas spatial and emphasise crucial STEM learning.

              Magformers and STEM Education

              To work with kids' natural interest in "how things work," it's important to provide toys that allow them to develop those skills. Magformers are an incredible toy that consists of geometric shapes that link together with magnets. By using these to build shapes, kids can develop their spatial reasoning, learn problem-solving. Magformers can also help kids develop their knowledge of shapes, colours, and sensory awareness.

              All of these attributes make Magformers the perfect toy to emphasise STEM education. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, gives kids the tools they need to compete in this world. Even better, Magformers allow kids to creatively interact with these components—so they're working on their creative skills while also building up their STEM skills.

              Here are some incredible Magformers brain-training sets for kids three and up:

              1. My First Set 30-Piece

              If you want to start your child off with an introductory set of Magformers, the My First Set will be a perfect place to start. Featuring all of the geometric techniques that make Magformers so unique, this set also introduces kids to two different shapes and six different colours, so they can start working on their vocabulary and identification skills as well. In this set, kids can make towers, buildings, and a magic ball. Like all Magformers sets, the magnets always click audibly into place, helping kids further develop their sensory skills.

              Magformers My First 30 Piece Set | KidzInc Australia | Online Educational Toys

              2. Basic Set 62-Piece Set

              In a rainbow of colours, the Basic 62-piece set allows children to lay out patterns in the two-dimensional plane, then form them into 3D shapes themselves. This set introduces pentagons in addition to squares and triangles to further build up kids' geometric knowledge. And this Magformer's set has won a few different awards for its ability to teach kids new concepts:

              2013 - EdPlays Fabulous Award winners 
              2014 - Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) Finalist - Education category
              2014 - Academics Choice Brain Toy Award Winner 
              Magformers Basic Set 62 Piece Set | KidzInc Australia

                3. Creator Carnival Set 46 Pieces

                This incredible Creator Carnival set will delight and inspire kids by letting them become active participants in the Magformers circus. With Ferris wheels, carousels, and other circus rides, your kids will delight in all the fun. And no worries - Creator Carnival comes with an idea booklet so that you'll never run out of ideas and fun. Like most Magformers products, the Creator Carnival set has won a couple of awards:

                2012 - Oppenheim Platinum Best Toy Award 
                2010 - ASTRA Best Toys For Kids
                Magformers Creator Carnival Set of 46 pieces

                  4. Special Edition Sky Adventure Set 64 Pieces

                  Earning the 2018 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, the Sky Adventures set helps kids soar to new heights with learning. Emphasising those important STEM skills of gravity and engineering, the Sky Adventures set allows kids to build a track - which allows the included shuttle car to interact with the track as it twists and turns. 

                   

                  Magformers Special Edition Sky Adventure Set 64 Pieces | KidzInc Australia

                  5. Log House Set 87 Pieces

                  As a Toy of the Year Finalist in 2018, the 87-piece Log House set captures kids imaginations with a fun yet challenging building experience. In addition to the classic log cabin, your little builder can use their creativity at will to create structures like mansions and tree houses. Watch your kids develop their deductive reasoning as they figure out how to place windows, trees, and fences around their growing Magformers property.

                  Magformers Log House Set 87 pieces | KidzInc Australia

                  Kids will not only have a blast playing with Magformers' incredible 3D building sets, they'll also be developing vital skills of spatial development, sensory awareness, and reasoning. The award-winning construction toys will train kids' brains to learn - while they have fun at the same time! 

                  Make sure to check out all of the entire collection of Magformers in our shop, to see amazing Magformers variations like the Educational Pythagoras set, the Deluxe Smart set, Vehicles WOW set and more.

                  Posted in Buy Magformers Australia, Magformers, Magformers Australia

                  Magnetic Construction Toys to Build a Brain For STEM

                  Posted on October 03, 2018 by Lubica Misevski | 0 Comments

                   Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia

                  The world is changing at a breathtaking speed, particularly in the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The careers that your children will pursue after school probably don't even exist today. So what's a parent to do? How do you prepare your child for a future you can't even imagine?

                  The good news is that while technology will certainly change, the qualities that make someone an excellent candidate to work in a STEM field do not. Even better, encouraging these qualities as your kids grow is something you can absolutely do. One might even say it's child's play. Here are some important qualities for future STEM superstars, and the magnetic construction toys to nurture them.

                  Spatial Reasoning

                  Spatial reasoning is usually explained as having the ability to mentally understand shapes. Someone who is good at spatial reasoning can imagine how an object would look if it were rotated in different directions. But as this skill develops, it becomes refined into a wider ability for abstract reasoning. In other words, kids who start out with a grasp of how things work in physical space become adults who have a grasp of ideas and their ramifications. 

                  Of course, a good place to start is by introducing your child to magnetic building toys. Scientists have shown that when children are working with building toys, their language shifts to spatial talk. Geomag is a great example of a magnetic construction toy that allows children to explore different ways of constructing in any 3-D shape they can imagine. They not only let kids explore building shapes, but also magnet polarity. From toddlers to young teens, Geomag offers both open-ended sets and ones that produce specific results, such as a magnetic track. Magnets enable kids to attach the pieces easily, so frustration about assembly doesn't hold them back.

                  Geomag Australia | Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia

                  GeoSmart is another example of an excellent building toy. These brightly coloured geometric shapes that attach magnetically offer a wide range of play. Some sets are designed to build special projects (Mars Explorer, anyone?), while others are basic shapes for self-directed play. 

                  Geosmart Australia | Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia 

                  Analytical Skills

                  Another vital skill for future STEM workers is the ability to think analytically. The mind that is adept in this way can identify problems and effectively seek solutions. It's not hard to see how this would be an asset in STEM careers, where innovation and problem-solving are in constant use. 

                  When children play at building things they are naturally going to run up against problems and be challenged with how to solve them. Magformers give them the opportunity to do just that. These bright, magnetic shapes can be used for creative play, or to assemble things like a remote control cruiser. Whether kids are working to bring their own vision into reality or puzzling through the process of putting together the parts for a specific outcome, they will have to figure out how to solve the obstacles that naturally come. 

                  Magformers Australia | Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia

                  Tegu is an unusual example of a magnetic construction toy that will help children develop analytical skills. These smooth wooden blocks, either tinted in a range of gentle shades or left naturally coloured, are perfectly suited to open-ended play. These blocks come together in a wide variety of ways, challenging kids to explore the many options they offer for creating.

                  Tegu Australia | Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia

                   

                  Collaboration

                  Of course, no STEM worker is an island. Whether they are working with other scientists, coders, engineers, or mathematicians, they will need to be able to communicate their ideas and understand the viewpoints of others. 

                  When kids work together to construct something, whether something of their own design or someone else's, they will eventually run into conflict about how they should proceed. They may just need to learn how to communicate their ideas, or they may need to negotiate a mutual plan. Either way, building together is an irreplaceable way for them to develop those skills, in a fun atmosphere of play.

                  Playmags, featuring bright magnetic panels in a wide variety of shapes, are an excellent example of the kind of toy kids can use to create shared masterpieces. They can work together to form their own design, exploring the many ways two-dimensional shapes can come together to make different three-dimensional forms. Or they can figure out how to follow directions together to assemble a remote control car.

                  Playmags Australia | Magnetic Construction Toys | KidzInc Australia 

                   

                  For even more options for different kinds of magnetic construction toys, take a look at some of the other product lines we offer, including Neopuzzles, Magsnaps, Smartmax and Magna Tiles. There is a wide variety of options, from simple universal building shapes to a sky track, with different ways to assemble for use with a shuttle car. 

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                  Providing your child with toys that will help them develop important skills can only benefit them in the future. And no matter what career they end up in, magnetic construction toys will give them hours of fun.

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