Build cubes constructed out of tiny cubes!
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Buckycubes are little magnetic squares that you can use to build larger squares or other geometric shapes. One package sells for about $30 and there are 216 of them per box. You can buy spares in quantities of 10 for $3.50 per set. The cubes come in original, which is shiny silver, silver, gold, and black. You can buy these in stores or online.
The first time I played with Nanodots, I thought they were really cool, but the round shape meant it was hard to make some designs without the little balls collapsing in on each other. The thing I liked about the Buckycubes is that the little magnetic squares can maintain shapes with hard corners. That means you can build all kinds of shapes you can't build with similar systems using round blocks.
These little gadgets are very strong magnets, so don't give them the kids that are too small to understand the keep them in their mouths or carry them near your electronic devices. My kids made all sorts of things out of these little cubes and had a ton of fun doing it. These cubes aren't complicated to use in the least, my seven-year-old daughter didn't have any problems playing with these things. The kids built crosses, tiny guns, and little blocky cars and had tons of fun.
The only thing I can see the negative about these, is that my kids love them so much ended up having to buy sets for each of them, which can get expensive. I also end up finding the little magnetic cubes stuck to just about every metal surface in the house. I've even had to dig a few out of the vacuum cleaner. The magnets are strong enough that you can build surprisingly complex shapes or strain them into impressively long towers and they still hold. My daughter also found it fascinating to discover for the first time that you had to turn the magnets just right or they push each other away rather than attract and stick together.
I think if I were choosing between Buckycubes or a round counterpart, I would definitely prefer the cubes. Each set comes with its own little clear carrying case, and will keep your kids occupied and keep you occupied as well. These are tons of fun!
If your kids are responsible enough to treat these Buckycubes correctly and not put them near anything they can damage, I highly recommend the Buckycubes.
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