As a mum of three, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of toys on the market for children. We are bombarded with advertisements about what they need. Many claim to help with their learning and development.
I have been on a journey of minimalism for the last three years. I felt overwhelmed with the clutter, and piles of toys on floor stressed me out. My kids didn’t play properly with what they had and I felt like I needed to clean up after them constantly.
We got rid of over half of their toys and my eldest son got on board with it. He decided what to keep or sell and he put the earnings in his jam jars.
We have gotten rid of most of the noisy, plastic, battery operated toys and only a few quality ones remain.
I bought some cheap magnetic tiles from a popular department store to see if my children would play with them. They were a hit but I realised the magnets weren’t very strong so their creations would fall down easily.
I did some research on brands and the overwhelming response and reviews were about Connetix. I used some money from selling the cheap tiles, as well as some other toys, to fund a 100 pack. It was amazing. So much better than what we previously owned. I went back for another 100 pack, then the Mega pack when it was released, and finally some base plates.
Here are 5 reasons why you need Connetix in your life:
1. Open ended.
They are the ultimate open-ended toy. If you are wanting less stuff that does more, this might be just what you need. I am in awe of just how many ways these magnetic tiles can be used. They can make patterns on the floor, on a whiteboard or fridge, or leaned up against a window. They can be stacked in a tower. They can build a rainbow. They can become a road, a tunnel, a cubby, a box to hide toys.
My boys love testing out the walls to see where they stick and make elevator buttons. They make pretend radios and drone controllers. They learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and allows them to be creative. Check out their social media pages for never-ending inspiration about what to do with them.
They are perfect to take on holidays. Recently we went on a beach trip and stayed in a small house. I only brought baby toys, cars, art activities and Connetix to occupy our 3 boys for the week. One day we had some 9 year old boys visit. They spent two hours playing with Connetix with our big boy on a small veranda. Not even the allure of the playground opposite was enough to distract them from their building.
Their dad was in awe of this amazing toy. It captivated their attention in a way he hasn’t seen before. He asked what it was called and messaged his wife straight away with Google links to buy some. I will bring them on every trip going forward because they are just so popular and versatile.
3. All ages.
They are great for all ages. Anywhere from three and over, Connetix is loved by all. I love that children find different uses for them and their interaction changes over time. As an adult, I love building with them too and trying new things.
I love watching the cousins, aunties, uncles and grandparents when they come over and interact with the tiles. The intergenerational play is beautiful to witness. There has been many a time when the kids have run off the play outside and the adults have kept playing, remarking that they’d like a set for Christmas!
4. They are safe.
The magnets are secured safety inside each tile with ultrasonic welding and rivets. Connetix are regularly tested and are up to consumer toy safety standards. They are non-toxic, BPA free and pthalate free food grade plastic.
Unlike the cheaper versions, Connetix prides itself on making a product that is well tested and safe for children. When you compare the two brands side by side, you can tell the difference. I won’t ever go back!
5. They are great value for money.
I calculated that if you spend $300 on Connetix and your children play with them most days of the year, say 300, and use them for 5 years (say age 3-8), that works out to 1500 days. That equates to a crazy 20c per use! I don’t think that’s too bad when you look at it like this.
Like Lego, Duplo and train tracks, I feel like Connetix is worth every dollar. They will get used constantly and be well loved in your home. If for some reason they don’t get used, you can resell them for virtually the same price that you purchased them (and see it as hiring for free).
Don’t just take my word for it, check out the many reviews or simply ask around. Connetix have a good reputation for a reason. I encourage you to look into them and consider purchasing a pack or two.
You could sell some unused (or annoying) toys to fund them, along with other items in your house that you no longer love. You can request money towards Connetix for Christmas and birthdays if relatives are looking for ideas. I’ve held fiver parties where guests can bring $5 towards a bigger gift if they would like, which reduces wastage on unwanted smaller items. Give Connetix a go and I promise you won’t regret it!
[Please note, this is not a sponsored post and I have paid full price for every pack we’ve received. I realised that I’m always talking about Connetix and telling friends to buy some, so thought I’d write about it on here. ❤️]