What is it
The beautifully designed and themed Magformers Mini Tank Set can build 10 different recommended caterpillar tracked vehicles and each one is responsible for ‘creating’ different weather conditions. So if it’s pouring outside, children can make the ‘rain tank’ or if it’s hot, then the ‘sun tank’ is more appropriate.
The set comprises 19 unique Magformers magnetic construction pieces (squares, triangles, arch, half-arch and mini sector) which are made from a specially toughened ABS plastic and contain small neodymium magnets safely sealed in each edge. Additionally, there are caterpillar tracks, an engine block and Remote Control unit to propel each vehicle.
What our team of testers said
"Oh my god are you kidding me, this looks incredible." - Boy aged 4
"Let's pretend it's blowing snow." - Boy aged 5
- Encourages designing and problem solving
- Great for creativity and imaginative play
- Lets children experiment with working vehicles
What our experts think
Our testers loved seeing their creation spring to life! The instruction book encourages children to pretend that the tank creates different types of weather, which we found was a good springboard for imaginative play (we saw testers using their shoes as mountains and seeing if the tank could make it over!). Magformers are easy to use – our testers got stuck right in without needing any guidance on how to connect the pieces and the magnets meant the models were strong but it was still very easy for children to add and remove pieces.
Building tanks with the set is great for enhancing creativity, encouraging curiosity and developing problem solving skills. The working model supports scientific learning as it lets children experiment with forces – they can see how different surfaces and angles affect how well the tank drives along.
It’s worth noting that the power unit is rechargeable, which is great for saving on batteries but does mean children will have to wait for it to charge.
- RRP: £64.99
- Brands: Magformers
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: .Toys
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Computing and Technology
Design & technology
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Personal, social & emotional development
Understanding the world