Connetix tiles have been one our best sellers at BabyDonkie since they arrived in-store in October last year. I wanted to do a blog post on Connetix as I get a lot of questions asking about how these tiles compare to Magna tiles, Playmags and Magformers.
Firstly, just to give an overview, magnetic tiles are great for kids 3+ (even younger depending on their fine motor skills) as they allow kids to construct 2D and 3D shapes like triangles, squares, prisms, rectangles and more. These tiles are all about getting as creative as your child's imagination will allow.
They are certainly not new and have been around for a number of years. I first discovered magnetic tiles on a trip to the USA, a number of years ago. I was blown away by the ease and fun of these tiles and my kids loved them so much I bought a set back to Australia.
Enter Connetix tiles which are the NEW kid on the block, launched this year by two Perth friends who saw a gap in the market for super-strong tiles that also didn't show the bracing of the magnet.
But how do they compare to the others on the market? And are they compatible with other magnetic tiles?
Playmags are compatible with Connetix and show the bracing support of the design across the plastic. They have rivets on each tile. They have longer and thicker magnets than Magna tiles. Playmags also offer more designs for their tiles like cars, windows and more shapes.
Magna- Tiles are compatible with Connetix and show the bracing support of the design across the plastic. They have rivets on each tile. They do not offer as many shapes and accessories in comparison to Playmags. They are not as strong as the Playmags or Connetix magnetic tiles.
Magformers are not compatible with Connetix, Playmags or Magna tiles as they have the magnets only around the edges and due to their design, they do not have the plastic across the breadth of the tile.
Connetix is compatible with Playmags and Magna-Tiles. They have a strong magnet which is the same size and width as the Playmags magnetic tiles.
Unlike Playmags and Magna Tiles, they have a bevilled design on their tiles and their tiles are clearer in appearance. They do not show the full bracing like the other magnetic tiles.
However, that is not to say they aren't as strong. In our comparison, Connetix and Playmags have the same strength magnets. They also have rivets on each tile.
Connetix currently offers 62 piece and 100 piece sets and in February, they launched their new 24 piece car sets!
As you can see there is a little bit difference between the 4 magnetic tile brands we have mentioned. What is important, is they will all provide your child with long hours of creative and constructive play. Ultimately it will come down to pricing, magnet strength and appearance as to which brand you go for.
I love Connetix for their magnet strength, their bevilled design and clear tiles as they show off the light reflections so well! I have built sky-high towers my kids and they just adore playing with them. I love that they are Australian owned and we can't wait for them to bring out more new designs to add to our current collection.
I would love to hear more about your favourite magnetic tiles and why?
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Dong- Maria xox
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