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We’ve never played with Geomag before and it’s fair to say that the boys’ minds were boggled when the sets arrived. The boxes were pretty weighty for their size and they had no idea what was awaiting them inside.
For those of you who haven’t played with GeoMag before, inside each set are all these little magnetic poles and ball bearings, and in the sets we have, some plastic panels, cardboard pieces – and a set of plastic wheels.
ENDORSED BY NASA
The two sets we received are Special Edition Geomag sets, endorsed by NASA and celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest scientific construction projects ever, the first manned lunar landing. They’re both very exciting and the boxes are very impressive looking, especially for enthusiasts.
GEOMAG: LEARNING ABOUT MAGNETISM
Before we started building the sets, the boys had all of the pieces out and were experimenting with attracting and repelling different pieces with the magnets and creating their own things. There’s a huge scope for free play even without the instructions – and that’s what we love most about the Swiss made Geomag sets. They’re more than the shape the set is packaged to make and they can obviously also be combined which is brilliant.
The pieces are well made and so long as you have children who understand that ball bearings [or anything really] should never, EVER be put in your mouth – or up your nose [I’m going to add that in for children like my sister who shoved everything up her own snout] then it’s huge fun all round.
So we [the royal we, I was making a cup of tea] set out first to construct Apollo 11 from the 84 Geomag pieces in the set, which are made up of red, blue and grey magnetic bars, specially designed rectangular and triangular panels. We emptied them out onto the table and I left the boys and Gav to it, and came back to a fully constructed rocket.
GEOMAG NASA ROCKET INSTRUCTIONS
The only complaint we had, if it’s for ages 5 and up and you’re following the instructions, is that it’s a bit confusing colour wise. In the rocket set, there are 12 red, 12 blue, and 6 grey poles in our pack. When it comes to building, the diagram shows there being 6 blue and 12 grey poles in action – which isn’t possible and leads to a fair amount of squabbling when there are three boys trying to follow instructions.
TAKE OFF…AND LANDING
Although we love the set and the fun the boys have in constructing with it, playing with the Rocket afterwards was a little difficult. The main body of the rocket is pretty sturdy, but the rocket once lifted didn’t land very successfully without the legs swivelling and falling off, and the panels popping out. It makes a beautiful model for NASA fans but it’s not a play-thing for five year olds in its built state.
GEOMAG SPECIAL EDITION NASA ROVER
The second set we received was the NASA Rover. Inside are 52 Geomag pieces, which includes the same shade of red and grey magnetic bars along with some specially designed plastic panels and wheels, and little cardboard pieces. Again I left them to it as they followed the instructions on the reverse of the box.
Again, the toy was very easy to construct with the instructions [apparently, I had no part in it, but Gav is very blunt so I’ll believe him] but lifting the Rover up to play was different. I moved it to take a photograph and ended up ruining their construction and in the bad books. It does roll about brilliantly though.
SPEAKING OF BOXES
Inside each Geomag box is a little polystyrene pencil case shaped box, which is for storing the rods and ball bearings in. This is something we aren’t keen on for obvious environmental reasons – but not only because of this, but the little cases don’t actually fit everything in and so you’ll need to find somewhere to store everything together once you’ve opened the set.
We’ve had enormous fun with the Geomag sets – more so with free play as out boys were keen to see what else they could build with the pieces – but then that’s exactly what Geomag had in mind when they built their brand. STEM learning through play – and they do it brilliantly.
Geomag have given us a Rocket and Rover set to give away to one lucky person – you can enter here! Good luck! As usual terms and conditions are here:WIN GEOMAG SPECIAL EDITION NASA ROVER SET