11.11.2008

Shameless Plug: Product Series - Magnetic Color Maze

(photo courtesy of www.lakeshorelearning.com)

The Magnetic Color Maze is a fantastic manipulative designed for children ages 3-6 years (although, you can find me using this to practice my fine motor skills from time to time!). We received one for Christmas last year and it has been put to good use. Here's what Lakeshore Learning has to say:

"Our skill-building maze gives kids an irresistible, hands-on way to explore colors! The sturdy hardwood maze features 8 built-in “paint cans,” plus fun metal balls in 8 bright colors. Kids use the attached magnetic wand to guide the balls through the maze and drop them into their matching paint cans…building color recognition and fine motor control along the way! 13" x 14" maze has a permanently sealed, clear-view top to keep all 56 balls contained."

If you are looking to increase your child's fine motor skills, then I highly recommend this item. It is well-built, which means it will stand up to interaction with prescool age children. It is portable and because of it's flat construction stores easily (we store ours in the gap between the TV stand and the toy shelf!). The Magnetic Color Maze's portability is a bit hit in our household. We can use it at the table or on the floor, take it on car rides or to Grandma's house. For a pre-schooler, it is a bit on the heavy side, but with a firm grasp and two hands holding on, my two have managed pretty well. This learning tool/toy appeals to both the beginner and advanced child when it comes to motor skills. Which is perfect, because I have two children who, although similar in age, vary in their fine motor development. It also builds on a host of other early childhood skills including color recogniton and organizing.

Lakeshore Learning
has other great Magnetic Mazes including the Magnetic Alphabet Maze (which is on our Chirstmas list for this year!)

4 comments:

  1. I think my kids would really enjoy these.

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  2. Hi, Michelle! I finally got my muffin tin up! We had it for supper last night.
    http://mamasaidtherewouldbedayslikethis.blogspot.com/2008/11/muffin-tin-monday-southern-heritage.html
    Thanks for the heads up on that maze! BFG would love it! And just yesterday my MIL was looking through the Lakeshore catalog trying to pick something out for BFG.

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  3. Thanks for the info, always looking for cool stuff like that for my preschooler!

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  4. Melissa & Doug make a similar Magnetic Color Maze and also a Magnetic Number Maze, and they're much less expensive than Lakeshore's versions. I sell Melissa & Doug toys from home, and the magnetic mazes are VERY popular. Such a great toy for practicing fine motor skills, colors and numbers. Love 'em!

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