I first noticed Playmags on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of them. Playmags are coloured transparent tiles of different shapes and size with magnets around the edging allowing the tiles to be stuck together to build amazing structures.
We have been enjoying Playmags in our setting over the last few months. When they first arrived we decided to use them a resource which would be kept at the children’s height to allow them continual access to use alongside other loose pieces. We had no idea how popular the Playmags would be but the children have been using them in a wide variety of ways every day since we first received them from Designs For Education.
Playmags can be ordered in 100 or 150 pieces and come with instructions on how to build some simple structures. We used these instructions as a way to get the children used to using them which to start with were a little frustrating for them.
After a while the children came up with their own way of playing with the tiles, building the tallest of towers and a train track around the room.
A few weeks on and the Playmags have started to be incorporated in play with other materials and used in a range of ways. Watching how the children use the tiles to make their own art has been the most interesting to me. They worked out that they could use the tiles to mix colours and create interesting shapes on the light table, through a window or reflecting onto the floor.
The Playmags have been a wonderful addition to the resources in our setting and as robust quality toys I’m sure their uses will continue to expand. They have proven to be great resources in helping children’s spatial awareness, problem solving abilities, logical thinking and mathematical reasoning.
Playmags are available from Designs For Education from £77.00