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When it comes to toys, we try to look for things that Erin can use again and again, getting great value for money. If the toy is educational too, then that’s a huge bonus. Connetix Tiles offers fun and interesting packs, giving children the ability to create anything their minds can come up with!
Connetix Tiles was officially launched in June 2019 by two families who met when our children started primary school together. After seeing how our children not only enjoyed playing with magnetic tiles but were learning while doing so, we decided to create our own version that were strong and safe while offering clearer refractions than the current tiles on the market. We love building big at home and sharing our creations with you all through social media.https://connetixtiles.com/our-story/
120 Piece Pastel Creative Pack
With something like this, you want to get yourself a pack that allows you to do a lot. The 120 Piece Pastel Creative Pack, part of the pastel range, is a great set because there are so many pieces and so many things you can do with them. There’s a really nice mix of shapes, sizes and types of tile, meaning creativity can really flow. While a larger-sized pack might be more of an investment, it will provide hours of play.
What does the pack include?
The 120 Piece Pastel Creative Pack comes with a really good range of shapes and sizes of tile. You’ll find basic squares, windows, multiple types of triangles and a few really large tiles. We found it easier to get all of the pieces out of the box and sort them into piles according to shape on the table, so we could see exactly what there was to use.
- 8 x Large squares
- 48 x Small squares
- 16 x Equilateral triangles
- 16 x Right angle triangles
- 16 x Isosceles triangles
- 8 x Window square pieces
- 8 x Hollow square pieces (door frames)
- Ideas Booklet
What age are Connetix Tiles suitable for?
This particular set is suitable for ages 3+. Other sets may include smaller parts so please check the contents first.
A great educational toy
Connetix Tiles make a great educational toy, also classed as a STEM toy. When your child plays with Connetix Tiles you will be encouraging them to use fine motor skills, creativity and their thinking caps! It’s a great idea to talk to your child as they play, asking questions about what they are building, and why they are putting tiles in certain places.
The Inspiration Book
Never had a toy like this before and not sure what to build? The Inspiration Book uses various different Connetix sets to show off so many different ways that they can be used. Sorted into sections such as buildings or animals, you’ll soon find something you want to build. Building with Connetix Tiles can be done in so many different ways and the book gives so many ideas.
Building with Connetix Tiles
Erin very quickly decided that she wanted to build a version of a building that she’d seen in the Inspiration Book. The great thing about this is that although it gave her an idea, she took it and changed it into something she wanted to build herself.
Each tile has magnets around the edges, meaning you have to make them stick together in the right places. The pieces are large enough so that this is really easy to do, even for smaller hands. It’s lots of fun figuring out where the magnets go and what you can make the tiles do once they’re attached to something else.
Erin’s first creation was from a building in one of our favourite cities… London! Tower Bridge is somewhere we have walked across so many times, but are yet to visit properly. We’ve seen the bridge from many angles too, including the Tower of London. Erin was really creative and wanted to change how she had originally done the middle of the bridge. By using triangles as supports, the walkway in the middle ended up looking more like how she wanted it to.
Erin had a few wobbles while building this particular structure. It takes a bit of practice and patience when building something as big as this. The tiles don’t always connect in the most stable of ways and the higher she went, the more wobbles there were. Instead of getting frustrated or upset though, Erin thought about how she could make things more stable and went about re-building where she needed to.
One of the things that I like most is that when you’re done building with Connetix Tiles, you can make something else entirely. I actually think part of the fun is taking apart whatever it is you’ve just built. Magnets are funny things and everything tends to get stuck together a little bit in the deconstruction process.
From a really cool bridge, Erin moved onto something else entirely… a dinosaur. This one came straight from the Inspiration Book, however, due to the colours of the pieces etc. Erin made it her own. We didn’t have the exact same pieces as in the Inspiration Book so Erin chose her own colours.
This time, some of the tiles needed to stand on their own so Erin didn’t have the safety of creating solid shapes all of the time. Erin had to make sure she had the right shape kind of triangle and put it in the right place, otherwise, the magnet might not have been strong enough to hold it up. You can make the builds as easy or as complex as you want and the more you play, the more you’ll learn.
Play ideas to try:
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas of things to build with your Connetix Tiles:
- 3D shapes
- 2D shapes
- Farm buildings e.g. stables or fences
- Favourite landmark e.g Tower Bridge
- Love heart
Find out more at www.connetixtiles.com