As we enter the holiday season, I am planning to focus on those things that we think about most during the holiday season – food, toys and fun.
The hot thing in the Sheehan household this month has been Magna-Tiles (or whatever knock-off brand that I found on Amazon several years ago). These magical little magnet building blocks seem to entertain children of all ages.
We bought these about three years ago as a recommendation from an occupational therapist. It was a toy that really helped with fine motor skills but also pushed our 5-year old to think creatively. It literally led to HOURS of fun. Because they literally stick together, they were easy to store and keep accessible.
Our older two kids would pull them out about once a month or so and build, build, build for an hour, maybe two. One of the few things they have continued to like to do together as they hit 6, 7, and 8.
A few weeks ago, the Magna-Tiles got pulled out again, and our 2-year old jumped all over them – literally and figuratively. First, he decided to play Godzilla to Payton’s beautiful city of magnetically-built buildings, but then he sat down and started playing….and playing….and playing. Over the last month, this has become Dom’s go-to toy for quiet time, i.e. keeping a 2-year old semi-quiet during Sunday mass.
What’s even cooler is that it has once again become a unifying way to get all three kids to sit down and play together. Dom gets to dictate what they are building – a farm 9 out of 10 times – and on certain days, we manage to have have an 8-year old, 6-year old, and 2-year old playing nicely on the floor building away for 30 minutes! I get to make dinner with no interruptions – a small miracle.
If you are looking for something different for a birthday or holiday present, consider these mysterious magnetic tiles. You don’t need to spend a fortune on the Magna-Tiles brand. There are 3 or 4 different brands on Amazon and most of the lower-priced brands have just as many positive reviews.
Additional blocks (and maybe even some of the new cars that I saw online) will definitely be on the holiday wishlist this year!