The new 50-piece Amazing building sets, from Magformers, definitely live up to their names. Designed for kids ages 3 and up, the sets contain everything kids need to build their favorite vehicles from the worlds of construction and fire rescue using a variety of magnetic pieces.
The Amazing Construction set and the Amazing Rescue sets (sold separately) are compatible with other Magformers sets, but they also provide plenty of building fun and play value on their own. Each set comes with 24 magnetic — square- and triangle-shaped — pieces, which serve as the base structure for 20 themed building models, illustrated with step-by-step instructions within the included idea booklet. These models include fire stations and a fire truck in the rescue set and a bulldozer, dump truck, and forklift in the construction set. The models use additional included accessories for the builds, including wheels, sirens, grates, etc.
The play value doesn’t stop with building the models — the vehicles are designed to move (to a point, of course. They are held together by magnets, so they can’t withstand a ton of force before collapsing) and some of the structures are functional play sets. Each kit also comes with two figures — firefighters and construction workers — that are scaled to the built models to inspire imaginative play.
Although the building instructions in the idea booklet are completely illustrated, younger kids may need an adult’s help to construct some of the models — to understand exactly where each piece goes and to hold all of the pieces in place.
However, there’s no rule saying that kids must build the models from the idea book. The sets provides a lot of space for creativity, too. Kids can combine their imagination and their STEM skills by coming up with their own construction and fire rescue-inspired builds from scratch.
When playtime is over, the sets also collapse easily, and the magnetic pieces stack for storage until the next great rescue or construction adventure!