Ben was first introduced to the joy of Geomag earlier this year when we reviewed a Geomag Panels set and Geomag Mechanics set. We keep both sets at my parents’ house and he makes a beeline for them every time we visit – spending hours fiddling around and constructing various creations. The latest addition to his Geomag collection is the Geomag Mechanics Gravity Motor System. The Geomag Mechanics sets are more complex than the Panels and as such are aimed at the more expert player – children who have already figured out how the Geomag systems work.
The Geomag Mechanics Gravity Motor System contains 11 magnetic rods and 32 steel spheres along with 126 plastic mechanical elements – the set can of course be used independently or alongside an existing Geomag collection. Once you’ve constructed the set according to the instructions, gravity pushes the steel spheres through the Geomag gravity motor spiral and, once this is set in motion, a combination of gravity and magnetism will keep it going until you stop it again. There’s no batteries or electricity required for this one!
Ben has a keen interest in STEM and construction toys so I knew he would be fascinated by this latest Geomag set. Watching him deftly handling the rods and spheres, and setting up the Gravity Motor System using the instructions providing was a joy – I could see his mind whirring, little frustrations when things didn’t quite work the way he wanted, spurring him on to persevere and get the job done – all skills which we want instil in our children from a young age! He has far more patience for this sort of thing than I do – I would quickly get fed up with the balls rolling away from me but several times I saw him intuitively use the magnetic rod in his hand to stop the steel sphere in it’s tracks!
Of course as a primary school teacher, I can’t help but spot all the opportunities that Geomag provides for developing fine motor skills, problem solving, designing and making – all the STEM joy! This particular set is limited to just two different constructions in terms of using gravity to create a motor – one going up and another coming down – however this doesn’t mean that you can’t use your imagination to use the pieces in other ways – or as I have already mentioned, alongside other Geomag sets. I do love toys which can be added to and extended in this way making them so much more than the sum of their parts.
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