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ABOUT MAGFORMERS

Magformers is recognised globally as a leader in STEM toys and educational products, with learning and 3D brain development through play at its core.

Toughened ABS plastic geometric shapes like triangles, squares and rhomboids connect quickly and simply using the power of the built-in and very safe neodymium magnets. In each Magformers piece, the magnets are safely contained within all the edge surfaces. But because every magnet can rotate 360 degrees,pieces always connect when they are brought together.

Our multiple award-winning brand is at the forefront of the transition from STEM to STEAM - the intersection of Art with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

In 2018, Magformers was officially approved by STEM.org. Founded in 2001, STEM.org is the longest, continually operating STEM educational research organization in America. Through an extensive collaborative effort, STEM.org has worked closely with pedagogical researchers, a community of teachers, administrators, and schools to establish a trusted set of STEM benchmarks. The resources and proven best-practices of this community have led to the world’s first and most recognized STEM credentialing framework: STEM Accreditation™ for Programs, STEM Certification™ for People, and STEM Approved™ for Products.

Magformers magnetic construction sets can be used by pupils to help reach many KS1, KS2 and KS3 targets in line with the UK National Curriculum.

Magformers And Maths

Magformers magnetic construction sets are used effectively in the classroom to help pupils reach key attainment targets in mathematics and achieve maths mastery across the National Curriculum. In particular, our KS1/KS2 MathsClass Set and Basic Class Set offer large-scale teaching resources to help children to:

  • Recognise equal parts of an object;
  • Identify and build common 2D and 3D shapes;
  • Easily create 2D nets and explore the link with their 3D solids;
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes;
  • Easily identify shape properties like number of sides, edges, vertices and faces;
  • Clearly demonstrate whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns;
  • Make 2D shapes and measure the perimeter;
  • Explain shape reflection/mirroring;
  • Use mathematical language;
  • Make and explore Platonic Solids and Archimedean Solids;
  • Understand radius, diameter and circumference as well as circles and semi-circles, arcs and other terms;
  • Make polyhedral, spheres, hemispheres, quarter spheres, cylinders, half cylinders, tetrahedrons, prisms.

Magformers In Early Years Education

Magformers magnetic construction sets can be used for a variety of Early Years/Foundation learning purposes. The magnetic pieces encourage younger children to identify and easily make different 2D and 3D shapes, like squares, triangles, cubes and pyramids. Workbooks or cards assist the study of geometric shape recognition, colour recognition and fine motor skills development.

  • Make simple 2D and 3D shapes and 3D nets;
  • Recognise different shapes and colours;
  • Develop fine motor skills through model building;
  • Encourage interaction, sharing and social play;
  • Explore magnets and forces;
  • No mess, easy to clear away;
  • 100% global safety record;
  • Explore shapes;
  • Deliver active learning and development;
  • Introduce maths, design and technology to younger children;
  • Safe use of materials and magnets.

Magformers In Design & Technology

Award-winning Magformers magnetic construction sets can be used to deliver a number of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Design & Technology learning goals. Many Magformers sets include motors, gears, levers, pulleys, pistons and air blocks – allowing children to design and build structures, evaluate designs and use and understand mechanical systems.

Magformers can be used effectively when:

  • Evaluating design;
  • Understanding and using electrical systems, charging, switches and motors;
  • Encouraging creativity through 3D shape construction;
  • Improving reasoning skills by transforming 3D nets to 3D models;
  • Technical knowledge: understanding and using mechanical systems (gears);
  • Building structures;
  • Constructing triangular, quadrangular, pentagonal and hexagonal prisms;
  • Building and explore cross sections, including cylinders and cones;
  • Stimulating visual senses through colours and shapes;
  • Developing observational skills and analytical thinking;
  • Combining mathematical concepts and scientific principles to create magnetic constructions;
  • Exploring the relationship between the 2D plane (nets) and 3D shapes;
  • Developing gross motor, fine motor and formative art skills;
  • Comparing shapes and sizes and understanding symmetry.