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Geomag Glow – Toy Review

Geomag, launched in 1998, falls into the popular category of construction system toys – think Lego or Meccano – that mix a bit of engineering and mathematics into playtime, aiming at education through inspiration, and – ideally – fostering an interest in STEM subjects through creativity and play.

At its simplest, Geomag consists of a set of metal balls and magnetic rods that can be used to create different geometric shapes, and whilst that might not sound like anything special – after all, lots of construction sets have rods and connectors – what Geomag has going for it is that it feels as though it comes alive in your hands.

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As soon as you pick up a couple of rods and a ball, the magnetism (or ‘magical force of attraction’, as the Geomag website rather romantically puts it) is pulling the pieces together, shaping them in your hands, and it’s very hard to resist building a little something, even if you’ve only picked them up to put them back in the box!

The rods, made from recycled plastic, are satisfyingly chunky to hold, whilst retaining as elegant a look as a grey magnetic rod is able to aspire to, and the metal spheres are shiny and reflective in an enticing way. This set – Geomag Glow – has the additional feature that its rods glow in the dark. Create your construction, power it up by exposing it to light, and then watch it give off a green glow in the dark. This extra element lends itself to the idea of creating themed constructions – maybe a star, a snowflake or a Christmas tree – that work as night-time decorations.

For anyone who gets heavily into Geomag, there are various different sets that contain panels and even motion functionality to aid you in the creation of your constructions. The Geomag website is clear in stating that it believes that ‘toys are gender neutral’ and these are sets that should appeal to anyone and everyone. Geomag Glow comes in sets of 25, 42, or 60 pieces. The 60 piece set, which we were sent for review, consists of 28 rods, 28 metal balls, and 4 plastic bases, but even without using a base the constructed pieces are surprisingly solid, and will hold together when carefully picked up.

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The age recommendation on this set is 3-99 years, and whilst very small hands might need some help with the strength of the magnets, this does indeed seem like a fun toy for any age, particularly for anyone who needs something fairly simple to fidget with. In this respect it could also be a useful desk toy for an adult who needs the distraction of something physical to get their hands on during the course of a frustrating work day.

Simple yet fun, we were more than happy to get our grubby little hands on some Geomag Glow, and we’re going to be fighting over whose turn it is next right through the holidays!

Geomag Glow is available from various retailers.

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