Thursday , 24 April 2014

Magna-Tiles will be hard to find this year

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 during the past few weeks. Their factory is now closed, and there’s no projected date for reopening at this point.

I had not heard about the flooding in Thailand until we got the email from the manufacturer last week. But after looking at the pictures, I realize what an enormous impact it will have, both economically and emotionally. If you would like to help the people of Thailand, GlobalGiving.org can help you make a donation.

If Magna-Tiles were on your child’s holiday wish list, don’t wait until the last minute. Buy them now.

If you’re looking for good alternatives, check out Tegu Blocks, Wedgits, Q-Ba-Maze, Keva Contraptions and Magneatos.

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