Magnetic toys are always popular with all ages and genders. Parents and grandparents are usually eager to join in the fun. Many of these toys help with coordination, spatial reasoning, and STEM learning. Here are our reviews for best magnetic toys for kids in 2019.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Magnet Build Tile Building Blocks

Upgrade Choice

Magna Tiles Clear Colors Set

Best Budget Buy

LeapFrog Phonics Magnetic Letter

How to pick the best magnetic toys

When choosing magnetic blocks and toys for children, the following areas of concern should help you decide on an age appropriate and fun toy for your next gift-giving occasion.

1. Recommended Age

Unless you are sure that a child can handle a more advanced building or magnetic set, it will help if you can stick to the general age guidelines. It is essential that the games in this review be kept from children less than three years old. We have labeled the choices as CHOKE HAZARD  for toys that may pose a danger for toddlers. If you are unsure, use a choke tester  or try to fit the piece into an empty toilet paper roll. If the piece slides through, there is a certain hazard.

2. Pieces

A family or an older child will relish having 100 pieces to play and build. A child of four years will likely be overwhelmed by that number. It might be better to think about how and who will use a game or building set to select the best magnetic toy for your family.

3. Toy Type

There are dolls, building sets, and letter sets. No matter what type of magnetic toy your child would like best, there are some fine examples in this review.

4. Idea Book

Some toy makers include extensive idea books to help spark active imaginations. These can always be improved with your own experiences in play. When you and your child come up with a unique creation, snap a photo, print, and attach it inside the idea book. Some toy makers have social media sites that will allow you to upload a pic of your best work.

5. Dimensions

Knowing how large the product is will allow you to foresee if the package will fit through a mail slot, the post box, or will have to stay on the porch. The dimensions can also affect delivery charges.

6. Weight

The lighter the toy, the more likely a child will be able to heft it from room to room without help. If this is an issue for your younger child, you may want to consider it as one of the decision-making factors. Of course, it also affects shipping charges, if any.

The Winners

Here are our reviews of the 11 best magnetic toys for children for 2019. No matter what your child’s interests, we hope you’ll find a great match here.


Magnet Build Tile Building Blocks

Editor’s Choice

If your very young one wants to build amazing structures, but is usually frustrated by their skill levels, the Magnet Build Tile Building Blocks might be a great set to buy. These multicolored clear magnetic tiles come in triangles, rectangles, and squares. Putting them together is easy thanks to the magnets at the edge of each shape. It’s just Click! Click! and before you know it, there’s a skyscraper. The secret is SUPERMAGS. They are strong, durable, and make building successful structures easy enough and challenging enough for any age.

Many parents have gotten hooked and continue to enlarge their collections. A unique feature of this set is the inclusion of 18 Clickins. These are little decorative pieces that fit right into the building tiles. These Clickins make windows, doors, letters, doors, and other additions to the building to make it look more realistic. This Playmags set comes with a storage bag and an idea booklet.

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Pieces: 118
Toy Type: Building
Idea Book: Yes
Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 11.8 inches
Weight: 6.08 pounds


Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set

Upgrade Choice

The Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set is a big 3D building set that allows youngsters to construct creations with translucent colored tiles. The tiles have magnetized edges so putting together a building is easy and fun. Kids as young as three years old will be successful in making a structure they will be proud to show off. As with all good building sets, the Magna-Tiles develop imagination, spatial skills, and help provide the basis for following STEM skills. Parents and older siblings will have fun engaging in the building game, too. If you want to expand your own set or add to this one, all the Magna-Tiles sets are fully compatible.

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Pieces: 100
Toy Type: Building
Idea Book: Available for purchase separately
Dimensions: 12.2 x 3.1 x 8.7 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds


LeapFrog Phonics Magnetic Letter

Best Budget Buy

The refrigerator as a classroom chalkboard experience is back. It’s never actually gone away. LeapFrog makes this transportation-themed collection of letters and shapes to the next level, that of the song. The LeapFrog Phonics Magnetic Letter set includes a magnetic tile reader disguised as a school bus and 26 upper case letters. The magnetic letters will attach directly to the refrigerator, the stove, the dishwasher, or any other metallic surface. The child can then fashion her own words without the bus.

If your child presses a letter twice, Tad will read the letter and its use in a sentence aloud so that kids can learn early phonics. There are a few cases where a letter has an incorrect sound attached, so it would be a good idea to open and test the set before giving it to your child.

If your child puts one of the letters into one of the three slots in the toy’s face and presses it once, more fun and education happens. Tad will say the name of the letter and its sound.

There are two songs included in the bus piece. Kids love songs, sometimes way too much. You may weary of Wheels on the Bus and The Alphabet Song in time. The easy solution is to remove the 2 AAA batteries which come with in the set. Of course, then the voice that says the letter, the proper sound, and a word that uses it won’t work either. Remember, this will be in your kitchen every time you cook or clean.

Recommended Ages: 2 +
Pieces: 27
Toy Type: Educational
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 1.9 x 5.2 x 5.5 inches
Weight: 1.37 pounds


Quadpro Magnetic Building Set

Best magnetic toys for kids building

There are lots of magnetic building sets, but how many can let you build a car? It’s easy when the kit includes wheels. Kids can not only use the Quadpro Magnetic Building Standard set alone, but it is compatible with other building tiles like Magformers, Picasso, and more. Make a house, a fish, a ball, and much more. The coloring on the tiles is interesting. Each four-sided block has sides of two random colors. These switch-ups make builds more creative, colorful, and fun to create.

Recommended Ages: 8 +
Pieces: 36
Toy Type: Building
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 12.3 ounces


Melissa&Doug Merry Mermaid

Best Magnetic Wooden Toy

Remember paper dolls? Girls used to have a blast cutting out the paper dolls and their clothes. They fastened each outfit on a doll with paper tabs at the shoulders. The Melissa&Doug Merry Mermaid is an update for this rite of passage doll play. The mermaid is wooden, and she comes with a convenient stand. In the box are 33 magnetic clothes and accessories. No more tabs; magnets snap the outfits onto the doll easily. This is the end of play to intricate for the youngest girls’ coordination. All fits in one tray, but beware that there is no top to keep things in the box.

Recommended Ages: 3 – 6
Pieces: 34
Toy Type: Doll
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1 inches
Weight: 1.65 pounds


AMIGO CLACK Kids Magnetic Stacking

Best Magnetic Shapes

Does your family have 10 minutes to spare? How about playing a game for up to six people five years or older in that short space of time? The game goes “Clack! Clack! Clack!” until all the magnetic disks are stacked. The AMIGO CLACK Kids Magnetic Stacking is a board game with a difference. No rotating turns here; everyone plays all the time. Stack lightning bolts, footprints, and stars.

To play, just spread the magnetic pieces, roll the die, and try to match the picture and color faster than the other players. Grab the disc and move to the next to build a stack. Who wins? The one with the tallest stack, of course. It’s easy to play, easy to score, and there is constant action for all.

Recommended Ages: 5 +
Pieces: 18
Toy Type: Game
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 5 x 2.2 x 6.8 inches
Weight: 7 ounces


Melissa&Doug Magnetic Fishing

One magnetized-cord pole powers two puzzle games make these an unusual wooden two-pack. Each game offers two ways to play. The first has an ocean theme and the second features bugs. There are 10 pieces for each puzzle. The child picks up a puzzle piece that has a magnet in it. The Melissa&Doug Magnetic Fishing game, involves taking the piece at the end of the pole and positioning it into the space on the wooden board. The second challenge is to remove the piece again.

The artwork is appealing and kid-friendly. These puzzles develop hand-eye coordination and encourage practice of fine motor skills. The sizes of the pieces are not available, so you may test them for a CHOKE HAZARD.

Recommended Ages: 3 – 5
Pieces: 21
Toy Type: Game
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 12 ounces


Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board

Here is a fun family game with the fun of a dart game with none of the injuries to family or walls. One or all can play the Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board. Just hang it on a wall by the hook in the back, and let the fun commence on game night. Whether it’s parents against kids or kids together, this dart game allows anyone play without parental supervision. The darts have neodymium magnets, the latest thing in magnets. There is a set of six darts, three each of two colors

Recommended Ages: 6 +
Pieces: 7
Toy Type: Game
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 16.2 x 15.8 x 1.5 inches
Weight: 1 pound


LEGO Chain Reactions Machine

Here is a kit that actual kids helped develop and design. Engineers together with kids, what could go wrong? Nothing at all in this case. Take your essential 33 LEGO pieces, six plastic balls, paper ramps, string, and few other secret ingredients, and your child, and you can make any of 10 moving machines. The LEGO Chain Reactions Machines swing, lift, pivot, drop, and roll. They’re great on their own. Feed a toy dog? Run the machine up a ramp? Sure, but it’s even more fun when the actions of one start the operations of the next device which, of course, starts a third on its mission.

There is an extensive 80-page idea book that will spark imaginations. This award-winning building, physics, and engineering set will keep children engaged and involved in a building set that will keep kids engaged for years.

Recommended Ages: 8 +
Pieces: 26
Toy Type: Building
Idea Book: Yes
Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 10 inches
Weight: 1.2 pounds


Magnetic Doodle Drawing Board

Who hasn’t drawn on a magnetic drawing board? This edition, Magnetic Doodle Drawing Board includes three shape stamps, a car, a star, and a circle that fit into the board. Kids from three up to adults can begin their drawing with a stamp then embellish it with the attached stylus. Once he finishes the picture, just zip the lever and the board is white again and ready for more. The board has a 7.5 x 4.5-inch area for writing and drawing. It’s also an excellent space for leaving notes for the new readers in the family.

Recommended Ages: 3 +
Pieces: 1
Toy Type: Drawing
Idea Book: No
Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 10 inches
Weight: 12.6 ounces


Dreambuilder Toy Magnetic Tiles

Best Magnetic Building Blocks

Magnetic squares and triangles make some special builds. How about building their geodesic dome? Kids will love the different configurations they can achieve with this set of 40 magnetic tiles. The Dreambuilder Toy Magnetic Tiles includes 16 triangles and 24 squares. Two different random colors decorate each tile’s sides. The building set is compatible with some other brands. An idea book is online for downloading or the company will mail you one after purchase. If you want to add to the number of tiles, additional tiles are available at a lower price.

Recommended Ages:3 +
Pieces: 82
Toy Type: Building
Idea Book: Yes
Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.7 inches
Weight: 12.8 ounces

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for Kids Magnetic Toys

Cookie Sheet Wonders!

The magnets don’t always need to fit onto each other piece. Lend the kids a metal cookie sheet and have them put letters into short words and decorate with building pieces around the border.

Bathtub Floaties!

 All the magnetic puzzle and build pieces are plastic and float in water. At the next bath time, put some in the tub with your kiddo. See if he can arrange them in interesting horizontal ways instead of the vertical frame he’s used to building. 

lawn Darts!

Take the magnetic toy set out to the backyard. Toss them in the air and let your preschoolers find them and attach the stack together as they go. The one with the most pieces wins.

Build a Path!

Why not build a road with your colorful magnets? Challenge her to make a magnetic road from the kitchen to the bedroom or between any two rooms in the house. It’s different and makes for an interesting half hour

Magnet Baking!

For your primary school child, have them make identical cookies from the building block shapes. Simply roll out sugar cookie dough then lay the tiles on top. Have him cut out around the block shape with a toothpick. Bake the cookies, frosting them in different colors. Now, challenge them to make a horizontal design with the homemade blocks.

Quick Decision

Magnet Build Tile Building Blocks – Best Overall
Has great play value for the entire family.

Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set – Upgrade Choice
It’s worth the investment for a great building set.

LeapFrog Phonics Magnetic Letter – Best Budget Buy
brings a classic family-friendly letter set back to the kitchen.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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