Connetix 24pc Clear Shape Expansion Pack is a magnetic construction set with 6 different shaped colourless plastic tiles for children to play with.
“They make good windows.” – Boy aged 11, using the clear tiles.
“It’s two tents. Let’s put people in.” – Girl aged 5 using triangle tiles.
The children were intrigued by the clear colourless shapes. Some started by copying the design ideas on the front of the box, while others were more confident to get working on their own designs straight away. Many children decided to work together, and enjoyed coming up with ideas and creating as a team. Those who had played with Connetix before commented how the lack of colour helped them to see into and through the shapes and structures they made. They were keen to start playing immediately and experimented with the different shapes, working out how the pieces connected together and using trial and error to find shapes that fitted together to make their designs. Once 3D structures were made, such as a chair, a tent, a treehouse, they extended their play by introducing small play figures to interact with their creations.
The set was particularly beneficial for introducing some of the younger testers to shapes they weren’t yet familiar with, such as pentagons and quadrants, and as they played, they discovered how piecing together certain shapes created new shapes, eg. four quadrants make a circle.
Fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills were put into practice as the children played. The magnets were strong enough to keep the 3D structures upright, however when pieces did come away, the children persevered with rebuilding their design or tried different ways of piecing the tiles together to make the structure more stable. They needed no adult support to play with the set, were engaged for prolonged periods of time, and were reluctant to stop playing. No gender biases were observed on the packaging.
– Promotes fine motor and hand-eye coordination.
– Supports early Maths skills such as shape recognition.
– Encourages imagination and creativity.