MindWare Imaginets
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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
This is an awesome product!
We homeschool our twin 4 year olds and they absolutely LOVE it.
Everyday we pick a card and make the shapes.
I like this one because it has 50 shape cards to copy.
All the others only had a few.
It will take a long time before we tire of these shapes.
The cards are NOT as big as the shapes. (that was a surprise to me)
I would buy this again tomorrow if I needed too!!!
I am so glad we purchased this!!
I gave it four stars for durability because the cards are "cards" ..... so they can be bent and torn.

=========== 2013
Two years later and we still play with this.
My kids are now 7 and they make their own pictures with it.
However they still challenge each other with the cards.
Their are pictures on both sides of the card.
I like the soft handle.
To keep the cards from sliding out of the box seam (where the hinges meet) we put them in a Ziploc baggie and it fits perfectly in the case.
Two years later and every piece of it (case and all) still looks brand new!
Super happy with this purchase.
This is a great gift as well.
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170 of 181 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2013
I bought both these items for my 3.5 yo - so this review is based on this age range.

While the concepts are similar, my son (and I) like Mighty Mind better than MindWare Imaginets for the following reasons:

Mighty Mind cards are numbered to show increasing difficulty
Mighty Mind comes with cards that are numbered. As the numbers progress, so does the difficulty. This is important for younger children because it starts them off with the easier ones and helps build confidence. They can progress without getting too frustrated in the beginning and giving up. Imaginets cards are not numbered. Yes, you can flip through the stack and kind of see which ones are easier, but the numbering system of Mighty Mind is really helpful for gradual progression and confidence building.

Mighty Mind is actually a puzzle that encourages creative reasoning
Imaginets comes with cards that show exactly which tiles go where to create the picture on the card. The child simply needs to find the matching block and put it in the right place as shown on the card. Mighty Mind only shows the OUTLINE of the image you are trying to create. It is up the to child to figure out how to fit the pieces together to create the picture. Mighty Mind is more like a real puzzle, where Imaginets is just rote recreation of an existing lay out.

Mighty Mind has multiple "solutions"
Imaginets has only one solution, which is to re-create the exact picture on the card. Mighty Mind can have multiple solutions to each puzzle (especially with the more difficult cards), depending on how the child fits the pieces together.

Mighty Mind is more like tangram, Imaginets is more like art
The tiles in MM are basic: squares, triangles, rectangles, circles in various colors and sizes. Imaginets has "odd" shapes, like zig zags and curves. I think Imaginets would be better for an older child that is creative and wants to make free form art pictures with the tiles. My son is not there yet. The amount of tiles overwhelms him and most of the cards are too difficult for him so he loses interest quickly.

Magnetic board of Imaginets was too strong
I loved the idea of the magnetic board, but in reality it ended up being a hinderance to my son being able to use this toy. The magnets were too strong, so it was very hard for him to move the pieces around the board. Also, it was hard for his small fingers to pull the tiles off the board because they stuck so well. Obviously, this would not be an issue for an older child, but my son is within the recommended age range, and it was an issue for him so that's why I'm mentioning it.

One thing to keep in mind: if your child is a "perfectionist" and/or does not have highly developed fine motor skills and manual dexterity, s/he might get frustrated because the tiles can move outside the lines and the child is trying to butt them up against each other. This is especially true if your child is used to working with puzzles that "lock" together, like jig saw puzzles. There have been multiple times where my son figured out where all the pieces went, but would get upset when he would lay a tile down and the adjacent tile would get pushed outside the lines. Not a huge deal - it will ultimately teach him refinement of his fine motor skills, but it can be frustrating. As such, this is not yet a toy that he can work on independently for very long. But that will come with time and increased skill.
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
Bought this as a birthday gift for my 3 year old grandson who build shapes for hrs the first day as we all did. He built shapes following the pictures on the accompanying cards as well as structures of his own design and kept at during his two week visit. The strong magnets keep the tiles in place on the white board. Very well constructed. Can be used as a white board with the appropriate pens.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
I bought this set for my 4yo, but as it turns out, it is a hit with her older siblings, too. It is super durable, portable, colorful, and great for creative and educational value. Worth every penny!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
I had to chime in on this product, even though I see there are more than enough reviews on this already.

Bought this as a Christmas present for our 3 year old twins, based on positive reviews on Amazon.

Not disappointed at all. Kids found this engaging and interesting from the time we opened it. The magnetic boards, self closure, and self containment make this a great toy to clean up, maintain easily, and take along.

The cards are all intact so far, but perhaps they will wear out or get lost and will need replacing.

The instructions, and the shapes, are simple enough for toddlers to follow along - unlike the more complex thinking required in Tangram types of puzzles.

We have built about a quarter of the shapes so far. Since the sense of accomplishment is just in assembling the shapes to form the pictures, each picture can be reused after a reasonable amount of time - nothing is being solved, so nothing is to be lost by repeating.

Each shape is good for about 10 minutes of work for a toddler, with adult help.

We love it so much, we've since given several of this as gifts to other toddlers in their class and/or neighborhood for their respective birthdays.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
These are very cute. Its kind of an easier tanagram for my younger kids to do. The pieces are durable, and the carrying case it comes it keeps it all together well.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
We haven't had this long, but so far I am impressed with the quality and design. The case is great as a fun place to build the shapes and for keeping the pieces when not in use and also for traveling. We have not used it as a "dry erase" surface yet, but I just learned there are very cool-looking DRY ERASE CRAYONS and that looks like a blast. Save paper! Be green!! This makes me extra glad I purchased this. Eventually I can see drawing in backgrounds around the objects we build.

The magnets on the blocks have just the right "strength." They stay put, but are not difficult for little fingers to pick up. It is too soon to see whether the magnets will peel off easily, but I will keep my eye on that and keep super glue handy. So far, so good. My just-turned-2-yr-old has a positive reaction to the toy and makes his own pictures even though he can't quite follow the patterns on the cards yet. But I figured it would be good to get early exposure to get his brain "formatted" and comfortable with these somewhat abstract representations. He can recognize most of the pictures on the cards for what they are and enjoys the toy in many ways though he's not quite using it as intended. I can see this toy getting many years of use as he grows into it. *I* certainly have fun making my own designs, too, since I'm a bit of an artist. My brain loves this kind of thing. :)
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
I used this in my special ed prek classroom. It's been handled carefully, never dropped. We started using it early in February and within 2 weeks, the wooden frame and came unglued. The top white magnet board had come unglued as well so it is no longer usable. I called Mindware and got the sorry but there's nothing we can do about it.

I had to purchase new boards from Lowe's so my kids could use the shapes and cards. Love the suitcase concept since it kept everything together. My kids loved looking at the cards and finding the pieces that were needed. Great problem solving activity. Just can't figure out the problem of the poorly constructed case & boards.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
These are colorful blocks, well constructed, that stick to a metal suitcase with their magnet backing. You assemble the blocks into shapes in any old way, or to make a specific picture that you pull from a card. Our 4 year old daughter loves it and has been known to play with it in a happy concentrated fashion for a long time. It's also quite portable. I really recommend this toy for its visual fun and tactile satisfaction. I'm planning on giving it to the next 4 year old's birthday party we go to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
I love this and my grandkids have hours of fun with it.
There is one thing, however that needs to be addressed. Although I ordered this through Amazon, Young Explorers signed me up without my permission for a Young Explorers Club that automatically debits your account for $14.95 per month. I have been told that this happens all the time whether you order directly from them or via Amazon.
Other than that, I love the Imaginets and will order from this company again but will at the same time watch to make sure they do not take advantage of my payment information again.
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