As parents of a young child lockdown is interesting. It can be a challenge. It can be super fun. Overall it requires a lot of energy, creativity and entertainment skills. It can also be difficult to constantly provide stimulation and learning activities.
Annabelle is 2.5 years old. She is clever, bright and yet has a short attention span. It can be a challenging combination because it means she gets bored easily but if we don’t entertain her, or provide entertainment options she gets naughty. So everyday we have to have a variety if activities.
From painting and drawing to building, climbing and going to the park we try to mix physical activities with quiet more focused ones. We have to adapt based on her moods, her level of tiredness or the weather. We have also tried to be careful with not buying an excessive amount of new toys. Instead we try to rotate what toys we bring out. Sometimes it works really well. Other times it doesn’t and our lounge ends up with every toy strewn across it.
When we do add toys they have to be multiple purpose and when we were offered GEOMAG Confetti to review it fit the bill. A similar toy had been recommended to us as it is great for making shapes and constructing things. It takes building towers to the next level and can be incorporated into different games.
Put simply GEOMAG Confetti is a collection of magnetic rods and steel spheres. The rods come in orange, green, blue and red. The starter pack comes with 83 pieces so plenty to make lots of designs and shapes. We started using them to make simple shapes (something we are working on with Annabelle) then made tracks for the toy cars and Playmobil people.
The great thing is that there are enough pieces for us to build things while Annabelle builds things. She is at an age where destroying things is just as fun as building. We are at an age where seeing what we can build is a challenge.
In just a few days we have spent hours playing with our set and would recommend getting yourself a set (if age appropriate of course). It’s available on Amazon here.
The additional benefit is that it is a toy that will grow with her. As it is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) toy it helps with logical reasoning and creativity. Seeing Annabelle figure out how the magnetics attract or repel one another is fascinating. There are whole sets available and we are sure this is just the beginning. You can see the full range here.
Have you found any toys that have been a great lockdown investment?