Thursday, November 15, 2012

Guidecraft Magneatos Better Builders Series {Review & Giveaway}

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While I know that every child is different, over the years we have decidedly found a few favorite toys that have been universally loved enough that they have joined our short list of must-have gifts. These are the ones that have proved beyond a doubt that they are high quality, inspire creativity, encourage learning, and every kid who has played with them has returned time and time again for more.

With that in mind, when we were recently invited to the birthday party of one of our favorite 2-year-olds, it didn't take me long to decide on what we would bring. I wanted something that would work safely for multiple ages (as the birthday boy has an older brother and younger sister), would be original and entertaining, and would allow everyone in the household to try to construct and build all of the structures that their imagination holds.

It was no surprise that I happily wrapped a box of amazingly fun Magneatos from Guidecraft.

Magneatos

Taking building to the next level, Magneatos consist of magnetic balls and rods that, when combined with panels, clips and bendies, can lead to an entirely new dimension of construction.

From their seemingly magical properties (as they jump together when held close enough) to their ease of use (no worries about your child's building toppling over as with traditional building blocks), Magneatos are a one-of-a-kind toy that only requires kid power and imagination.

As we've long been a fan of this Guidecraft exclusive, I was surprised and pleased to hear that they have recently taken Magneatos to the next level with the introduction of the all new Magneatos Better Builder Series.

New Magneatos

Featuring super strong magnetic force, unique rod and ball configurations and a myriad of design possibilities, Magneatos Better Builders are the new and improved, wonderfully inventive way to help children discover the principles of science, construction, and engineering while developing their creativity skills.

Eager to see just how amazing Guidecraft had made their new Magneatos, we couldn't wait to open up the Magneatos Better Builders 100 Piece Set and begin enjoying this Oppeheim Platinum Best Toy Award Winner.

Magneatos Better Builder Series

Including a handy storage bin (I love that Guidecraft has included this great way to make it easy to keep all of the pieces together!) and a 22-page Activity Guide with educational information about magnet science as well as sample building ideas, the first time we opened this set, we couldn't help but marvel at just how great it truly was.

Magneatos Better Builder Series review

Just as I suspected, the magnetic force that is the basis of Magneatos had my children (and me) immediately captivated. It's continually fascinating to see them hold so tightly together and the possibilities that these balls and rods provide is truly endless.

Magneatos review

The Magneatos Better Builder Series has been tested safe for ages 18 months+ (the magnets are safely and securely embedded in the over sized rods) but I have truly never met a child or adult that hasn't loved them.

The large, plastic pieces are easy for small hands to grasp and the magnets in the balls are plenty strong enough to hold together as connectors, making it possible to build horizontally, vertically or at nearly any angle. Combine that with the varying length and flexibility of the rods, and innovation becomes even more likely.

Even better, my kids have never once realized that Magneatos involve so many educational properties and that each time we pull out this container that they are participating in science. I love seeing their minds at work while they continue to have fun time and time again!

Guidecraft Magneatos review

Overall, I don't think that we could have been more pleased with the new Magneatos Better Builder Series and how well they represent what Guidecraft has always stood for: smart, well-crafted products which allow children's minds and imaginations room to truly wonder and grow.

This unique, colorful, high quality toy has a modern look but classic appeal for kids (and adults) of all ages. Whether being used by a beginning or novice builder, the hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, dexterity, creativity and more makes Magneatos entertaining in a simple, yet complex way.

Designed for ages 2+, the Magneatos Better Builders 100 Piece Set retails for $159.95 (smaller sets sell for $50 for 30 pieces and $99.95 for 60 pieces) and have proven that, yet again, Guidecraft knows what it takes to combine education and fun to please every age and interest. From furniture to art to toys, they have it all!

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to bring home magnetic creating and building entertainment, because...

One lucky person will win a Magneatos Better Builders 100 Piece Set!

Guidecraft giveaway

(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

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A big thank you to Guidecraft for providing a Magneatos Better Builders 100 Piece Set for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Anonymous said...

Kids'll love it!

scottsgal said...

the pirate table and chairs are cool

Patricia Wojnar Crowley said...

I like the All In One Play Kitchen!

Janet W. said...

I love the Block Mates Dinosaurs.

The Riebeek Family said...

http://www.guidecraft.com/product/415045/G6418/_/Playhouse_Hideaway_Bookshelves

michellehaskell@gmail.com
michelle riebeek

Magela said...

I like the Block Mates Dinosaurs

Gala said...

Tactile Turn 'N Match

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I like the Retro Racers Upholstered Rocker

Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Mommy Crafts said...

My kids are always wanted to help in the kitchen so the Step-up Kitchen Helper would be awesome!

Kyka44@yahoo.com

Kathy said...

I like the interlox set - it looks like fun and a great way to get creative.

Cheryl Chervitz said...

I really like the Plywood Fire Engine.

Annette Sines said...

The interlox set looks fun.

wigget said...

i love the Dress-Up Storage Center: White

Emily Reviews said...

I also like - http://www.guidecraft.com/product/506842/G7602/_/Block_Mates_Dinosaurs

littleheathen9109 @ Yah00 d0t c0m

Sandy VanHoey said...

I love the Step-Up Kitchen Helper: White

The Tesdalls said...

Love the Tactile Turn 'N Match

RaettigFamily said...

I like the Safari Book Display

Elena said...

I love the Jr. Roll Top Desk - Espresso.
elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

Megan said...

Interlox look pretty neat too.

DEBIJOT said...

I like the plywood fire truck.

mummytotwoboys said...

Another great item is the block mate dinosaurs

lola bruesch said...

they are all great but the pirate is it for me

Gina F. said...

I love the Roadway System 42 Piece Set from GuideGraft.

ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

Denise said...

I love so many of their products!

Step-Up Kitchen Helper: White

stonemedic76@hotmail.com

Patricia Williams said...

I like the Block Mate Dinosaurs

*Mirage* said...

I totally want about a dozen of the double-sided bookcases!!

Jane said...

step up kitchen helper

Hippie4ever said...

We love the animal train sort n match! The espresso bookshelf and The A/V storage unit

Kaysha said...

The Interlox look like a lot of fun!

Marty Harris said...

I like the All In One Modern Kitchen

Ken Ohl said...

The dinosaurs are neat

darce said...

Love the Deluxe Art Center

Bethany C. said...

I like the swing door kitchen.

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

My daughter would love the Step-Up Kitchen Helper: White

Heather McDougle said...

i like the dress-up storage center- chocolate

kathyluman said...

Deluxe Art Center would bet awesome for my grandkids.

trisha said...

the pirate table and chairs

Cserafini said...

Love the pirate table and chairs!

Kelly Massman said...

Deluxe Art Center sounds awesome!

Kimberly said...

I like the Center Stage Puppet Theater
Kims2312@verizon.net

nickieisis3 said...

the pirate table and chairs

Jennifer said...

Tactile turn and match

Table4Five said...

My daughter Kaitlyn is seven, and I think she'd love the Magneatos Master Builders! Another Guidecraft toy I just fell in love with is the Rapunzel Storybox!

Chelsea said...

I like the Skyscraper Building Set

Jennifer T. said...

I like the 4-in-1 Flipping Floor Easel.
jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

SueZH said...

Love the deluxe art center. It sure is deluxe!

Meghan Varner said...

3D find and Feel icons...looks fun!

Terra H. said...

Swing Door Kitchen
Thanks
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicole Lancaster said...

I love the Center Stage Tabletop Puppet Theater.

Jose Benavides said...

my kid loves dinosaurs so i like the block mates dinosaurs

apple blossom said...

Hideaway Playtime Kitchen

Anonymous said...

I love the play kitchens!
kim(at)kimberlychance(dot)com

sheila musselman askins said...

like the Block Mates Dinosaurs

blue65829 said...

I like the desk to Easel art cart

Ann Fantom said...

I like Guidecraft's City Blocks set

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Kayla said...

I love the storytelling sets. That is such a neat idea!

asheardy said...

The all in one play kitchen looks great

Anonymous said...

love the art desk

casaflamingos said...

city blocks

Anonymous said...

I love the Deluxe art center.

Love3570@aol.com

Renea Greathouse said...

I like the construct it builder set.

kellyr78 said...

I like the Deluxe Rainbow Blocks™
kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

mtbears819 said...

Block Mates Dinosaurs

Rebecca Graham said...

I like the Hideaway Country kitchen.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Kimberly M. said...

My grandchildren love Dinosaurs so they would love the Block Mates Dinosaurs.

Stephanie said...

Market Loft - how amazing is that!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Paige Bacon said...

Art table and chair set in red
rendancechick at yahoo dot com
mrs. bacon

bison61 said...

4-in-1 Flipping Floor Easel

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

walk9 said...

I like the construct it set.

Carrie Phelps said...

I love the Deluxe Art Center.

dailymom said...

I love the hideaway country kitchen

Brittany said...

Twist 'N Sort

mogrill said...

I like the interlox set.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

Audra Weathers said...

I also love the double-sided wooden bookcase.

julie said...

The deluxe art center

katzkids by Kathy D. said...

I love the Roadway System 42 Pc Set.
kathy d
kats7960@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I really like the Desk to Easel Art Cart.

sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

SHANNA ELIZABETH said...

The Dress-Up Storage Center in white.

Mommyofone Shanna

Laura Miller said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the story telling sets!!!

krazed79@yahoo.com

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I'd also love to gift the Butterfly Table & Chairs Set.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

john said...

HANSEL & GRETEL

Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie said...

My kids would love the Jr. Rainbow Blocks ... I have a friend who's children have them, and I love playing with them. hehe!

Brigid Pitts said...

I love the Royal Tabletop Puppet Theater. It is so cute and affordable!

Anastasia said...

Another item I like is the Deluxe Art Center :)

Stephanie Larison said...

I love the Plywood Fire Engine, looks like a lot of fun!

Jo Ann said...

They have so many great things, but I think the kitchen helpers are such a good idea!

Jackie P said...


These are the kind of toys one wants, they will be handed down to great-grandkids!! I love all of their manipulative toys in particular. I would get the twist and sort first.

Johanna said...

I love the Tactile Turn and Match!

Ruth said...

I like the Kiddie Rocker chair set in red

Kelley F said...

I love the Deluxe Art Center!

Francofamily4@aol.com

Jessica Snook said...

I like HANSEL & GRETEL by Steve Light.

lace said...

My girls love anything that you can build with!

M. Greene said...

all kids love magnets, they just get so amazed its enjoyable to watch them play with them. I had some myself that i played with as a kid but these are much better

Chris Alejandro said...

Awesome that they can be so creative with these. I liked the Deluxe Art Center.

Nicole said...

I like the Skyscraper Building set

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

I love the Step-Up Kitchen Helper: Espresso

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I would love to have the
Hideaway Country Kitchen. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

sunnymum said...

The Tactile Turn 'N Match also looks awesome!
~Colleen

Rebecca O said...

I like the Construct-It - Early Builder set as well.
bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

Love the deluxe art center
seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

Darcie Decided said...

I love the Pirate Ship Rocker!

Laura Jacobson said...

Oh I also love the Rainbow Blocks Set!

Jdowling said...

I love the look of the roadway system!

Hanna said...

I think the city blocks set looks like it would be a lot of fun! Or the country kitchen!
Fantasticafternoon at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

The art desk or any of the wooden building blocks.
wrensbigtrou@yahoo.com

Mary Somerville said...

I like the Block Mates Dinosaurs1

Priscilla Benavides said...

My boys would love the Block Mates Dinosaurs!
priscillavbenavides@yahoo.com

melissa miller said...

the pirate table and chairs
melissamiller2002@yahoo.com

Lina said...

I'd love the Kitchen Helper

Mirm said...

Like the Block mates construction vehicle.

My nephew has this magnet set - fantastic giveaway!

kim burnett said...

all in one play kitchen

Andrea said...

I love Guidecraft's jr. rainbow blocks!

chellebanz said...

I love the pirate chest of Guidecraft's. So hard to find cool things for boys and the pirate collection is awesome.

Kerry said...

My kids would love the Center Stage Puppet Theater

LeeAnn said...

I would love to have the Dress-Up Storage Center: White!

Rochel S said...

I like the
Center Stage Puppet Theater

Kristen said...

I like the Deluxe Art Center.

Erika T. said...

How awesome are these! Drivetime Signs - Set of 6....such cool imaginative toys!

Anonymous said...

I think this would be fun to have in my classroom:
http://www.guidecraft.com/product/4329/G5062/_/Weight_Box

Thanks for the chance!
sandralclark at outlook.com

corey1971 said...

The Deluxe Art Center would be incredible! (Corey Olomon)

ape2016 said...

I would like their Doll Cradle in white for my niece

april yedinak

Kimberly said...

I love the 4-in-1 Flipping Floor Easel!

Brei H. said...

My son would also love the Construct-It - Early Builder - 160 pcs set!!!

Marysa said...

Step Up Kitchen Helper!

taralieb said...

I would love to get the Deluxe Art Center

Tamar said...

I like the 50 piece set too.

polly said...

love the all in one modern kitchen

Gretchen said...

I would love the have the Desk to Easel Art Cart for my grandkids.

SolDucky said...

My daughter loves building, so the City Blocks look great

Mimi Avila said...

Would also love the Deluxe Art Center!

Christine Jessamine said...

i would love the Step-Up Kitchen Helper: Espresso

christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

Jen F said...

I also like the 4-in-1 Flipping Tabletop Easel

jenblogger7 at gmail.com

Danielle Lima said...

Deluxe Art Center

dfraley3 said...

My grandson would love Construct-It - 321 pcs.

Erin Rok said...

They have a wonderful selection of furniture called the safari collection, I would love to have it!
urbancwgrl84(at)yahoo(dot)com

Danielle Davis/Grady said...

Locking Ladders - 75 pcs! :)
Thank you!
Suchaproudmama @ yahoo.com

Jessica Rose said...

The Block Mates - Safari Animals!

ijessica_r at yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

construct it beginner set

Adrianne B said...

I also like the Dress Up Storage Center.

Whitney said...

The Hideaway country kitchen is cute!

daivabaum said...

Deluxe Art Center

RealtorSD said...

Love the plywood fire engine
Sarah at realtorsd.com

Caryn said...

I like Dress-Up Carousel - Pastel

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

Andrew R said...

the Magneatos Jumbo Mstr Bldr Set - 296 Pcs looks pretty amazing

giggedygeekmum said...

I like the Dress-Up Carousel - Natural.

Daniel M said...

pirate table and chairs - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Allie Dole said...

The Plywood Fire Engine!

Vera P. said...

Step-Up Kitchen Helper: White

Kathleen said...

I like the Construct-It - Early Builder - 160 pcs.

natalie rose machowski said...

my little brother would love the pirate table and chairs

lisa_s said...

I would like to own the Dress Up Storage center in White.

Anonymous said...

I like the city blocks
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

tracey said...

Deluxe Art Center
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rc name rochelle johnson
traceyj40 at sbcglobal.net

Jennafer211 said...

I like the Dress-Up Storage Center: Chocolate. Thanks!

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Interlox - 96 pcs
vmkids3 at msn dot com

Gennie Lancaster-JayGennie05@aol.com said...

Center Stage Puppet Theater

Amanda Drennen said...

The Deluxe Art Center is Awesome!!!! I love All of their products! (:

shebebes said...

I LIKE THE 34 pc. Hardwood Unit Block Set :)

(SHAYNA)

shebebes@yahoo.com

Aralynlove said...

Deluxe Art Center

Melanie Mervin said...

I like the Wooden Grocery Products.

Alison said...

The Tactile Turn 'N Match looks awesome too!

shirley H said...

i like the kitchen sets


cpsnsamples@aol.com

Star S said...

rainbow blocks

pauline15 said...

I would also love the deluxe art center for my daughter!
pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

brich2222 said...

would like to have their Skyscraper Building Set


brich22 at earthlink dot net

Julie Jones said...

I would also like the roadway system

Kari Flores said...

I would like to own the Deluxe Art Center

Sarah MomE25 said...

I like the Hansel and Gretel set

Amy H said...

step-up kitchen helper

MizVickik said...

love their deluxe art center!
Miz Vickik

Mellanhead said...

I like the Deluxe Art Center

Gianna said...

Deluxe Art Center.

cassandra m said...

http://www.guidecraft.com/product/506303/G5011/_/Texture_Dominoes

Deborah Hogue said...

I like the All In One Modern Kitchen

MELINA said...

Deluxe Art Center

Jmstrunk said...

I would love to own the Deluxe Art Center. Great for organizing stuff.

Stacey V said...

The Tactile Turn 'N Match

mmc123

cassandra said...

I really like the construct it early builder
fb: rab pom

Laurie Nemeth said...

The Deluxe art center

Sherry Conrad said...

I like the DESK TO EASEL ART CART

kathy pease said...

I like the Art Table & Chair Set - Pink

Saver Sara said...

Block Mates Dinosaurs

maryjaco1 said...

Tabletop Paper Center

amy16323 said...

i like the delux art center
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

Missy L said...

I like the Step-up Kitchen Helper too

jennifer r said...

I also like the Tabletop Paper Center from Guidecraft.
reejen at comcast dot net

Brent slater said...

construct-it

Hetal said...

I really like Tactile Turn 'N Match

Melanie Montgomery said...

the hideaway country kitchen

kirsten perez said...

bookshelf

Carole Ingram said...

Beautiful Vanity Set! Classic White Vanity and Stool

yyeres said...

love the All In One Modern Kitchen

Angela G said...

I'd love to have the Complete Kitchen Center.
ag1414@hotmail.com

Sonya said...

The Plywood Front Loader is adorable!

Susan Smoaks said...

i would like the Art Table & Chair Set - Red
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Jennifer Peaslee said...

I love the Deluxe Art Center!

vegan4life said...

delux art center
vivianbl@olg.com

daveshir2005 said...

I also like their School Bus Loft

email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com
fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

tavernie said...

I like The Plywood Fire Truck!!!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

lilyk said...

The Papagayo Toy Box looks very nice!

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