This is a sponsored post from Geomagworld.
Back in the glory days of a 90s-00s childhood – when Sunny D was plentiful, we were all talking to the hand, and the internet consisted of a screeching telephone line and slow-loading jpegs – the idea of toys being educational was as laughable as a book being full of faces.
These days of course, things are drastically different, and it’s never been more important to help kids of all ages, genders, and backgrounds get a leg-up. The world has never been more competitive, and savvy toy manufacturers have turned what was once impossible into an art form: toys that are fun and teach you something.
Chief among them is Geomagworld. Like Lego and K’nex, Geomagworld have developed a deceptively simple premise that can grow into something that’s both rewardingly challenging and surprisingly educational across their range of construction kits: you have magnetic sticks, you have magnetic balls, stick them together, voila!
Kit 1: Pro-L
The Pro-L kit is Gemoag at its most refined. Consisting of 53 pieces, it’s a compact little box bursting with creative potential. The core functionality of Geomag’s construction kits haven’t changed hugely in the ten years or so they’ve been on the market and the Pro-L kit is testament to why: it’s straight-up fun in the most uncomplicated, refreshing, way possible.
At its heart, Geomag is all about constructing ever more elaborate and complicated shapes using magnets and polarity. The more time you spend fiddling with the pieces, the more you learn about what they can do and how far they can be pushed.
Starting with basic 2D murals, you quickly learn how to build into 3D shapes, maybe a pyramid or a cube, and then up another notch until you’re smashing out dodecahedrons (check out these tutorials if you need a helping hand) with your eyes closed and then combining all of the shapes together into something that wouldn’t be out of place in 2000: A Space Odyssey.
Or, alternatively, some excellent Legendary Level power armour for your Mr. Meeseeks plushie, or a Poké-jail for those little Pokémon toys you had when you were kid and inevitably lost before serendipitously discovering again in some random assorted pot of junk in a nerdy boot-sale, reminding you of the halcyon days of childhood when merch was plentiful and student debt but a fleeting dream.
Regardless, before you know it, you’re well on your way to being the next Buckminster Fuller – and what other toy out there can promise that?
Kit 2: Magnetic Fidget
For those of you out there in need of an occupation for antsy fingers, there’s the Magnetic Fidget – a set of 14 pieces specifically designed to scratch that fidgeting itch.
Using the powers of magnetism and polarity, it promises a breath of fresh air in the long-stagnated domain of desk toys. So if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your bog standard sipping bird, the Magnetic Fidget kit is everything you’ll need – think of it as a Newton’s Cradle you can build and customise yourself.
It functions exactly the same as the Pro-L kit and uses the same pieces (so they could be combined if you wanted to build something even bigger) but the 14 pieces provided are everything you’ll need to make a variety of fidget-worthy toys, like a spinning top (or, actually, a spinning bottom – there’s no fighting gravity here) or the “crocodile.”
In effect, the Pro-L and Fidget, and Geomag in general, is all about learning the fundamentals of magnetism and polarity and how to use those natural forces to create shapes and have fun. To that end, it’s a wonderful STEM teaching tool, on top of clearing the good and noble name of magnets everywhere – they aren’t just for tacky fridge decoration, or to be rolled out once a term in school, all old and rusty, they’re a source of old-school fun that might just help push kids into taking STEM learning more seriously.
And we can all get on board with that.
If you’d like to try Geomag for yourself, keep an eye on our Facebook because we’ll soon have a 174 piece set to give away.