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Melissa & Doug Magnetic Color Maze


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  • Fill the bellies of these hungry animals while matching colors by using the attached magnetic wand
  • Slide the wand over the acrylic cover to select one of the colorful balls and guide it into the matching animal's belly
  • Develop color recognition, matching and fine motor skills with one fun activity
  • No removable pieces
  • Exceptional quality and value

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.7 x 12.2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00146G6R0
  • Item model number: 2279
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,711 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Fill the bellies of these hungry animals while matching colors by using the attached magnetic wand. Slide the wand over the acrylic cover to select one of the colorful balls and guide it into the matching animal's belly Develop color recognition, matching and fine motor skills with one fun activity. No removable pieces.

From the Manufacturer

Fill the bellies of these hungry animals while matching colors by using the attached magnetic wand. Slide the wand over the acrylic cover to select one of the colorful balls and guide it into the matching animal's belly. Develop color recognition, matching and fine motor skills with one fun activity. No removable pieces. This is made of exceptional quality and value.

Customer Reviews

A happy customer in Hawaii!
honolulufamily
You have to hold the magnetic wand at just the right angle to get the balls rolling.
dinglefest
All in all, I would recommend this toy, but just for an older child.
R. Pohli

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Fletcher on January 11, 2009
i got the toy for my 3 and a half year old son for xmas. i saw a similar toy in a catalog for twice as much money and this one just won my heart over, not only because of its price but because my son is a huge animal fan. when he plays with the maze he is learning how to hold his pencil correctly and he is practicing his tracing skills without even noticing it. the magnetic "pencil" is short enough to hold it different ways so when his little hand gets tired holding it correctly he can still grab it as he would a crayon. the magnetic tip is positioned the way the he learns how to manipulate the "pencil" either way he holds it. the maze has a durable clear shield over it, great fun for car-rides. it is very colorful, pretty and well made like all Melissa and Doug toys. i would highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Kelly on March 3, 2009
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I love the concept of this toy, as I do most Melissa and Doug toys. The colorful characters are great representations of real-life animals-which kids love learning about. Then the color identification combined with the sorting skills and motor skill development will allow the toy to grow with the child. Plus, magnetic toys always are a bit magical to little ones and big ones alike.
I'm not totally sure about the construction, however. I got the toy as a birthday gift for my two-year-old nephew. Even before I wrapped it I noticed that under the plexiglass top there was a bit of dusty cardboard (or fiberboard) residue, especially in the colored circle areas. Then, at the party, when he unwrapped it I saw that some of the balls were jammed into one area and would not move. After some shaking, tapping, and working on it with the magnetic wand, we were able to dislodge them, but if the same thing happens later, I doubt he'll have the same success without help. Finally, I noticed that where we had worked with the magnetic wand, scratches (though faint) had already appeared on the plexiglass. I don't know how much play it would take for the whole toy to lose it's luster, but it seemed as if the top will become cloudy pretty quickly.
I still think overall this is a great toy, and the details may never matter to the child, but it was at least a little disappointing to me--probably most of all because it was a gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lynate on October 12, 2011
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My 3.5 and 1.5 year old had more fun watching me play with this than they did playing with it themselves. The magnet is not very strong, so it is hard to "hold on" to the balls. It also needs to be on a perfectly flat surface to work properly, which makes it not the best for traveling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Love on July 22, 2009
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I am very disappointed with the functionality of this toy. The marbles roll out of the color "pockets" at the slightest movement of the board which makes it very frustrating to use. My 5 year old won't even touch it anymore after all of this hard work was ruined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Anderson on March 16, 2010
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This puzzle has a magnetic wand that is used to sort beads by color into "colored animals" on the puzzle. The durability of the puzzle is great. Several people have played with the puzzle without damage. I work with adults with severe to profound developmental disabilities. Finding something that keeps their attention and that they cannot break in one session is a challenge. Infection control is easy as the puzzle is covered with a type of plexiglass that can be cleaned with spray cleansers and wiped off.
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I was looking for another Christmas present for my toddler (she's 2-yrs, almost 8 months)...and I saw this magnetic puzzle game. We've always loved Melissa & Doug products, and I thought this seemed a great value, and a good educational opportunity for her.

It is, indeed, very cute & well-made. The magnetic wand controls the balls well IF it is held flat against the acrylic cover plate. Another important requirement is that the board be laid down completely flat (as in, NOT held on the child's lap) or the balls just roll right out of the number areas. (Keeping it flat adequately solves the problem of the balls rolling out of their assigned areas, a frustration that caused someone else to give this toy 1 star). It has the potential to be good color-matching practice, IF a child is at that level.

All this to say that this is a fun toy, but is not exactly fitting for my toddler. She can play around with it, making the little balls move around, enjoying doing that for a short time, but I would say that it doesn't really become a great educational toy until the child is around 3-1/2 to 4 years old and really starts to fully grasp colors and the concept of moving the colored balls to their corresponding colored area (something my toddler really doesn't get yet). My older daughter (just turned 6) can play with it and fully appreciate the learning potential: mostly hand-eye coordination, since she obviously already knows her colors well, and has for years. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because I was disappointed that it didn't work out as I thought for my toddler, but that may just as well be my fault for not anticipating the level of difficulty that it would present for her. All in all, I would recommend this toy, but just for an older child.
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By K. Dandrade on February 3, 2010
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I got this for my 3 year old daughter and she loved the colors and the concept, but when actually playing with it we found out there were a couple of things we all didn't like. One; the string is too short (perhaps this is just our though) to really get to the bottom animals. Two; you can only have one ball through the "maze" at a time, so there is a lot of extra work moving them. And finally; the magnetic stick has to be almost completely straight up and down for it to hold on to the balls (or else it drops them). So my 3 year old got very frustrated with this very fast...(she knows how to use the computer, but got frustrated with this "puzzle maze?"), but my 5 year old neice didn't have a problem with it and played with it for a while. I don't know how 4 year olds would be with this, but we will see and bring it back out in a year. For now it is being stored away, and I can't wait to bring it out. It's a great concept, but just a little finiky, and in ways we can't fix right now...so we will just have to wait. This is a great toy, just not for the younger crowd. :)
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