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SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2020

Very Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles

Based on the iconic early childhood favorite, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, these magnetic tiles are magnificent. In a fitting homage to the book (not included), the tiles in this set feature artwork on both sides of each tile. You’ll find the famous caterpillar along with his food choices and numbers. Children can create whatever combos they choose, from giving the appearance of the caterpillar “eating” an apple (2 different tiles side by side) to other math equations depending on how you set up the numbers. It teaches independent story sequencing. The tiles can remain flat, perched upwards in different patterns, or become a cube. The cube can create fun play options, for example, hiding a small toy within it and creating a guessing game as to what’s inside! Parents discovered how much fun it was to dive into the creative play and productive learning skills they could devise. The magnets are very well made and sturdy. They don’t collapse easily, so whatever your child creates will stay in place, within reason. The packaging is attractive and eye-catching with bright colors and suggested play ideas. This would make an excellent gift for any child aged three and up. A great toy that won testers over with its simplicity and multileveled capabilities.

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Recommended Age: 3
Price: $ 39.95

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