Reviewed by Louise Totton
My girls have never been awfully keen on LEGO; I’m not sure why, but it’s just never really grabbed their imagination, in spite of the fact that I must have spent hundreds of pounds on it over the years! That’s not to say that they don’t enjoy construction toys – they do, and their favourite is GeoMag, and we’ve amassed quite a collection of it over the past few years!
For those who haven’t come across GeoMag before, it’s a fantastic and highly adaptable construction toy, using magnetic rods, metal spheres and plastic panels to construct almost anything, using geometric shapes and patterns. You’re not bound by a lack of baseplates or only having square edges like you are with LEGO. You use the rods and spheres in whatever configuration you choose to build some seriously detailed and impressive structures, all whilst learning about symmetry, balance and magnetic forces and polarity.
We’ve most recently added the GeoMag Panels 114 set to our collection, which includes 38 large rods, 36 spheres, 20 triangular panels, 12 square panels, 6 pentagonal panels, 1 square base and 1 pentagonal base, all in lovely bright oranges, reds and purples. The set has plenty of components to build some really interesting constructions, and the kids will learn plenty along the way about tessellation, symmetry and balance as well as planning their work and considering how they can give strength to their structures. They particularly enjoy looking at 3D images of a finished structure and working out how they are going to build it and working out what’s going on in the parts of the structure that you can’t see and simply copy.
We love how all of the GeoMag sets work together, so you can keep adding to your sets safe in the knowledge that none of the sets will become redundant. My kids will happily spend whole afternoons building and experimenting with their GeoMag; we’ve had some of the sets for years and they are in as good condition now as they were when we first got them, in spite of having had an awful lot of play. The magnets contained in the pieces are really strong and the structures come together very well, and are pretty strong once built. That being said, you do have to be a bit careful with them whilst you’re building as until the geometric shape is complete, they don’t have their full strength.
GeoMag have a wide range of sets available, from their classic sets to pink, glitter and glow in the dark sets for younger kids, as well as GeoMag Pro-L and Mechanics for experienced builders. And now, as part of their Green Strategy, GeoMag are launching their Green Collection during 2020, which is made from 100% recycled materials and using 100% renewable energy to do so. These Green sets will also include a little storage box for all of your rods and spheres – something that we always thought was the one thing that could have improved the previous sets. Just like the rest of the components, this will also be made from totally recycled materials which we think is great to see. These sets are launching between March and June 2020, and we’re over the moon to see a company who make such fantastic and educational toys getting into the Green scene so early and leading the way.