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Amaze N Marbles - Educational Toys for 5 Years Olds

Updated on September 21, 2014
Amaze N Marbles Marble Run
Amaze N Marbles Marble Run | Source

The Amaze "N" marbles construction set is the best educational toy of my son. The set is comprised of 60 wooden pieces, which can be arranged in different combination to create various runs.

The set is recommended for 4 years old in some variants, and for 5 years old in other variants. However, my son had a great interest in playing it since he was 3. Of course he could only make basic constructions at that time, and one of his pleasures was at the end when he could destroy it. He would always ask me to help, but the more he played, the more his skills improved, and it almost amazed me how quick the kids can apply something they learn by playing.

This is a great educational toy, that stimulates the development of preschoolers, and it is great for boys and girls equally, if you don't believe in social patterns, girls like puzzles too.

Why Is the Amaze 'N' Marbles a Great Educational Toy?

This marbles run construction kit, stimulates the imagination of your child by allowing him to try different combinations, and different ways to make the runs. You can show your kid a few arrangements, and they will start to improve on that.

It will also develop their coordination and organisational skills, by pushing them to be careful around the built structure, and organize their construction so that is functional.

The set is also great for special needs children, who will have a great time trying to put together a run.

The most surprising, at least for me, facet of the marble run toy, was the level of collaboration while working in groups. With a little adult supervision, the marble run can be easily turned into a great platform to develop the teamwork skills, and initiative taking in a group.

It's Good For The Adults Too

I found myself wanting to play with this amazing construction set, and I would start to play for my own entertainment. My little guy would be drawn into my play too, every time. My son owns another three construction sets, but this is by far his favorite one, and mine.

Useful Tip

If you are as much attracted by this toy as I am, you will probably choose to buy two sets, so that the end result is a bigger construction. When you have more pieces, you literally have hundreds of unique working constructions. Just let your kid use his/her imagination, and you'll be amazed.


Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles 60 Piece Classic Wood Construction Set
Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles 60 Piece Classic Wood Construction Set

The set is made of natural wood, that looks great. The quality is probably not as good as Blocks and Marbles' set, but the price is half. I think this is a great deal for anyone trying to see if their kid will enjoy this kind of toys. The Blocks and Marbles can be the next set, if the kid really loves to build with these.

Don't forget, the more pieces you have in the set, the more fun, and the more complex the structures you can build with it. So I bought two sets of the Amaze "N" Marbles instead of the more polished Blocks & Marbles by Tedco.

 
KEVA Contraptions Plank Set
KEVA Contraptions Plank Set

This one is another type of marble run, and it is meant for children from 7 years up. It is more advanced, in the sense that more engineering skills are needed in order to obtain a functioning course. A great option for older kids, and for adults too.

 
Marble Run: 123 Piece Set (103 durable pieces and 20 marbles) EXCLUSIVELY AT MINDWARE!
Marble Run: 123 Piece Set (103 durable pieces and 20 marbles) EXCLUSIVELY AT MINDWARE!

This marble run is recommended for kids between 3 and 10 years old. This is another fantastic construction set, and it is the second on my favorites list. The difference between the Mindware set and the Poof's Amaze 'N' Marble, is the stability of the race track. This one is way more stable, and just a tiny touch won't destroy all of your kid's hard work. Another difference is that the pieces snap in, and it's easier for the little ones to make a functional run from the first attempt, and without your help. This set is made of plastic, whereas the Amaze 'N' Marble is wood, if that has any importance to you.

 

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Amaze N Marbles Block ConstructionAnother Marble RunMarble Run construction set, view from aboveMarble run, another view from aboveTall construction with marble run
Amaze N Marbles Block Construction
Amaze N Marbles Block Construction
Another Marble Run
Another Marble Run
Marble Run construction set, view from above
Marble Run construction set, view from above
Marble run, another view from above
Marble run, another view from above
Tall construction with marble run
Tall construction with marble run

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      We have these too. Love marble run building toys!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks for stopping by @Papier. I should probably include some warnings about the choking hazard associated with marbles.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I can easily understand how this toy would be a wonderful tool for working with my disabled son and other adults who live with challenges from TBI, as long as they recognize the hazard of the marble size (that is a consideration for some folks with TBI, as anything in that shape can look like candy). You've intrigued me, I'd like to explore whether this would be productive for my son.