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The holiday season is a magical time to be a kid.
Some of my most cherished holiday memories are of Christmas morning. Every year my parents would insist that my brother, sister, and I line up in birth order on the stairs as they took a photo of us in our PJs. We would squirm in anticipation trying to get a look at the presents under the tree for what felt like hours before they would finally let us run to the living room. To make the most of the morning, we would each take turns opening our presents one at a time, oohing and aahing at each other’s goodies.
While all three of us kids loved Christmas, I was by far the most vocal about it. My family likes to tease me about how dramatic I was on Christmas morning. I always made a huge display of how much I loved my gifts, using phrases like “This is what I’ve always wanted!” and “This is the best Christmas ever!” like I was a character from a Claymation movie. My siblings thought that I was ridiculous, but my parents have since told me that they enjoyed watching me gush over my presents and said that it added to the holiday cheer.
Thanks to my famed gift-opening reactions, my father liked to pick out special toys that were not on my list with which he could dazzle me. The most impressive of these was a pogo stick. Having never seen one before, I was a little confused when I opened the large, awkwardly-shaped present. My dad explained how it worked and promptly went outside to clear a large practice area for me on our patio.
I was absolutely terrible at it. But I was determined to master the art of pogoing and spent weeks trying to get more than two bounces at a time before falling off. My dad would come out to give me pointers and utter words of encouragement, to no avail. Then one day, it just clicked. I started getting so good at the pogo stick that I could do 200-300 bounces at a time! I still hold our family record and will always remember that wonderfully unexpected gift.
I am so happy that my father encouraged me to try out new toys. He exposed me to fun activities and engaging products that I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen for myself.
If you’re looking to surprise your kids with exciting new toys this year, Magnatiles and Magformers are the way to go. These Top Toys are colorful, unique, and interactive. Read why these magnetic building sets should be on your list this year:
Magnatiles Kids ages 3+ will love building mosaics and 3D structures with these beautiful, multi-colored and clear tiles. Each set contains square and triangular-shaped tiles that have magnetic edges, which attract on all sides to provide endless design possibilities. Sets come in either solid or clear colors and are available in a variety of sizes. The clear Magnatiles sets can be used to create eye-catching configurations resembling stained glass art and are even more entertaining when placed on lighted surfaces. The fun never stops with these magnetic building tiles, and you can be sure that they will keep your kiddos entertained for hours. See some of the amazing designs that you can create with Magnatiles by clicking the image.
Magformers These award-winning construction sets take magnets to a new level. With all different sizes and themes, the Magformers sets can be used to create amazing 3D structures including geometric shapes, buildings, and even a moving car! The magnetic pieces come in both square and triangle shapes that are open in the center for easier gripping and maneuvering. The magnetic edges securely attract, allowing kids to create a variety of structures while the bright, rainbow colors draw the eye and add extra flair to every design. Perfect for kids ages 6+, these sets are fun for the whole family. Click the image to watch Magformers in action!
Inspire your young ones to explore remarkable new toys this year with two construction sets that are simply magnetic. You might even get an award-winning reaction in return.
Happy Holidays and stay tuned for more Top Toy reviews this season!