I love our local Mastermind Toys store! I come here year round, but especially with the holidays on the way, this is one of my favourite places to shop. They carry a huge selection of thousands of quality toys and books, and every single one is selected with an eye to engage and inspire kids.
Another reason I love shopping at Mastermind Toys is the friendly and knowledgeable staff there. They’re fantastic at suggesting gift ideas for everyone on my list, even when I haven’t the foggiest clue. But if you can’t get into the store in person, then Mastermind Toys has you covered with their annual Holiday Toys Gift Guide. Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, gift givers everywhere, rejoice! It’s the next best thing to having your very own toy consultant.
When I’m shopping for kids’ toys, I look for toys that will encourage creativity, imaginative play, and problem-solving; in other words, engage and inspire! That’s why Magformers are one of my top choices every year.
Instead of physically locking together like other building sets, these BPA-free HQABS plastic construction shapes contain rare-earth neodymium magnets that attach all around, not just top and bottom. Neodymium magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnet commercially available, and they allow us to build pretty much anything we want with them. The magnets are securely enclosed in small channels that allow them to freely rotate inside so they always connect and never reject. (These are pieces from another set, but I wanted you to be able to see the magnets inside.)
My girls already have some Magformers which they play with all the time, and I love to add new sets with new kinds of pieces to help them create more intricate builds. All the pieces are compatible with every other set so you don’t need to worry about the pieces not playing well together (unlike my kids, that is).
This Magformers Sweet House 64 Piece Set comes with a selection of specialty pieces designed to let my kids build their dream house. It includes double-sided (pink and white) basic building pieces, faux brick/shingle tiles, columns, single and double arched windows/doors, hinged windows that really open, 2 balconies, a set of stairs, 2 (non-magnetic) trees, and a colour-changing LED box for light-up effects.
The set also comes with a booklet with step-by-step instructions for building 10 different houses and shops to get the kids started on their engineering careers. This is The Vacation Home, just one of a virtually unlimited range of designs that kids can create. I love that little balcony!
Magformers are a fun and creative way to introduce mathematical and scientific reasoning, creativity, deductive reasoning, and spatial awareness. This year, we’re also wrapping up this Magformers My First 30 Piece Set for my 3-year-old nephew. He finds our Magformers fascinating whenever he comes over to our house, and he’s just the right age for his own set!
Tie on Some Goodness
One of the things that I appreciate most about Mastermind Toys is how they give back. Mastermind Toys has partnered with Me to We for the Tie on Some Goodness initiative. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of select toys featured in the 2016 Mastermind Toys Gift Guide will be directed to local and global initiatives for children’s education through Me to We Charity.
Alternatively, you can buy a Me to We Rafiki or Minga bracelet and/or add a $2.00 donation to your purchase when you check out. Your gift to a kid you know and love will double as a gift of education to kids in your community and around the world!
Canadian owned and operated, Mastermind Toys is Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s book retailer. They’ve been operating for over 30 years in the Greater Toronto area and have recently expanded to 48 stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia – and still growing!
Find the perfect holiday gift at a Mastermind Toys near you or go shopping online anytime day or night. Mastermind Toys offers free gift wrapping in store and free shipping in Canada with the purchase of $60 or more!
Win a $100 Gift Card!
Mastermind Toys is generously giving a $100 gift card to one lucky winner to do some holiday shopping! The gift card may be used towards shipping costs too. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, 18+. All entries will be verified.
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.