Business Insider: The best educational toy overall

The online news website Business Insider named Magna-Tiles the best educational toy overall!

In the article called “The best educational toys for kids“, Business Insider handpicked five of the best educational toys that provide a firm foundation for learning and education, thereby giving children a good start early in life.

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What did they say?

As children grow, they can proudly transition to become Magna-Tile architects building more complex projects. The set comes with 100 pieces of translucent tiles to create cubes, pyramids, and other geometric shapes, but they are also compatible with other Magna-Tile sets. The more pieces or sets you combine, the more complex objects children can make. The company shows off kids’ creations on its site, including skyscrapers, rocket ships, tea party tables, and more. 

The tiles are translucent, so your child can build a structure and put it in direct sunlight to get a colorful reflection, use them on windows to create illuminated window decals, ‘look’ inside 3D shapes with a flashlight, see through them with a light table, or use them with a projector to seemingly enlarge the sizes of pieces and projects.

What makes a toy educational?

To be considered an educational toy, the toy must meet certain criteria. It must also be designed to stimulate learning or provide an educational value, such as helping a child develop a certain skill or learn about a specific subject. Generally, educational toys claim to enhance intellectual, social, emotional, and/or physical development. Many are designed to target developmental milestones within appropriate age groups. Most importantly, educational toys encourage kids to play.

Play increases the size of the prefrontal cortex, meaning that the brain is more efficient at making plans, solving problems, and regulating and identifying emotions — basically all things required for a successful life.

Play is so important, in fact, that it’s recognized by the United Nations as a human right for children. The importance of play for children wasn’t thoroughly researched or even really considered until the second half of the 20th century but we can sum the research that has resulted thus far with the famous proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

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