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Building & Construction Toys: Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide

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Build it bigger! Stack it higher! Make it more complex! Construction toys give kids great practice with motor skills, and challenge their creativity. Add moving parts and problem-solving challenges, and you can take a simple play concept to the next level – marble runs and contraption-building sets add intriguing new elements for older kids. Before we even get started talking about ... Read More »

2014 Holiday/Christmas Gift Guide: Best construction toys

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In a celebrated anecdote from his autobiography, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright credited his childhood maple wood blocks (similar to these Standard Unit Blocks) for sparking his creativity. Wright wrote, “The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the ... Read More »

Magna-Tiles will be hard to find this year

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Every year, Magna-Tiles top our list of holiday best-sellers, and for good reason: they’re terrific fun for everyone, and are one of the rare toys that can captivate a preschooler or a teenager. But this year, they will be in very short supply — and for a very sad reason. Magna-Tiles are manufactured in Thailand, which has suffered catastrophic flooding ... Read More »

Do you Tegu?

Last night was the second night of Chanukah, and we gave our kids a 52-piece Tegu Block set. These blocks are a new arrival here at Magic Beans, and they’re addictive. They are wooden blocks embedded with magnets. The magnets are fully encased and powerful enough to support the weight of the wood without being so strong as to make ... Read More »