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- DREAM BIG & BUILD BIG - No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces to create the master piece. PicassoTiles in colossal styles.
- LEARNING BY PLAYING - Never too early to start developing kids creativity. Children can acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at early age.
- BONDING BY PLAYING - Entertaining for single or multiple parties and feel the sense of achievement together. Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one party of in groups a great way to spend quality time with the family and love ones.
- LEARNING IS FUN - Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.
- CREATIVITY BEYOND IMAGINATION - Magnet Building Tiles Clear 3D color Magnetic Building Blocks Playboards for preschool, pretend play and more. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage.
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PicassoTiles is a fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) toy and a shape building set utilizing unique features that immerses children (and creative adults) into crafting 2D and 3D art that is sure to put a smile on those who appreciate creative and active learning. At PicassoTiles, we strive to help creative children in core fundamentals such as basics of physics, aptitude in mechanics, building and architecture.
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set Magnet Building Tiles
- Dream Big & Build Big - No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces to create the master piece. PicassoTiles in colossal styles.
- Learning By Playing - Never too early to start developing kids creativity. Children can acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at early age.
- Bonding By Playing - Entertaining for single or multiple parties and feel the sense of achievement together. Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one party of in groups a great way to spend quality time with the family and love ones.
- Learning Is Fun - Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.
- Creativity Beyond Imagination - Magnet Building Tiles Clear 3D color Magnetic Building Blocks Playboards for preschool, pretend play and more. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage.
Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.
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|Number of Pieces||100||136||28||1||30|
|Feature 1||No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces to create the master piece. PicassoTiles in colossal styles.||PT136 Math, Science, and Art All in One Set brought the two counter-intuitive development areas together enabling the kids to learn by playing and bring out the best of both being artistically creative while technically and statically advanced at the same time.||No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces to create the master piece. PicassoTiles PT28 features 28 large pieces of stabilizer that is equivalent to 132pcs of regular size 3" x 3" square tiles combined together. The large piece can be utilized as foundation, column, pillar to enhance the structure security and assist with completion of the architectural design to build the PicassoTiles in colossal styles.||Made of 100% brand new premium non-toxic plastic and non-marking bumper foam surrounding the edge of the disk to protect wall, chair, desk, and furniture from damages. The airlifted hover ball bounces right off and prevents scratches, dents, and blemishes on the objects.||The electric motor tool works like a real power drill with reversible trigger to switch the direction of the rotation of the drill to fasten or loosen the screws in seconds to take the pieces apart, modify and build your own race car (Battery Not Included) simulating the car racing game tire changing experiences.|
|Feature 2||Never too early to start developing kids creativity. Children can acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at early age.||No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces to create the masterpiece. You name it, we got it! Best all in one value pack with 136 piece educational kit featuring 16 Craft Arts, 2 Car Trucks, 2 LED lights, 14 Symbols (23 Styles), 26 Alphabets, 10 Numerals, and 66 Frames, to be used either as a stand alone magnet tile set or in conjunction with other PicassoTiles magnetic building blocks as add-on pieces. Immerse your kids with the nonstop fun.||Never too early to start developing kids creativity. Children can acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at early age.||Adopts the principle of airflow circulation to generate airflow form the upside and exhausts the air on the bottom to lift the hover ball off the ground by using the built in powerful rotary motor drive to produce a layer of air cushion on the bottom to allow hoverball to float and glide over smooth surfaces.||Engine simulation and LED light mimics the sounds and and lights of the realistic race car to enhance creative mind learning experiences while playing and developing motor skill, hand-eye coordination by taking all the pieces apart and assembling the pieces together including the spoiler modification kit to become a whole race car unit.|
|Feature 3||Entertaining for single or multiple parties and feel the sense of achievement together. Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one party of in groups a great way to spend quality time with the family and love ones.||Each of 134 pieces of the clip-in insert card and the frame tile comes with magnets built in to allow the tile pieces to work independently or jointly together onto metal or magnet surface such as refrigerator, door, white board, file cabinet, playground, drawers to allow explorations all around the applicable areas for maximum versatility in both outdoor and indoor environments. Swappable clip-in inserts allows future proof contents to grow with your kids.||Entertaining for single or multiple parties and feel the sense of achievement together. Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one party of in groups a great way to spend quality time with the family and love ones.||Innovatie hovering technology is able to combine the elements and features of soccer and air hockey together into one device, which is inspiring, fun, attention attraction, entertaining. The hover soccer ball works like the air hockey to travel and sail extensive distance with a slight push at ease.||Never too early to start developing children’s S.T.E.A.M. skills to acquire strong sense of size, color, shape, fine motor skill, logic thinking, mechanics, numbers counts, 3D architectural design, structural engineering, to even power tool application.|
|Feature 4||Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.||Varieties of handicraft pieces to foster CREATIVITY BEYOND IMAGINATION and extend the child brain development. Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.||Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.||Entertaining for single or multiple players and feel the sense of team spirit together. Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one party or in groups together. A great way to spend quality interactive time with friends, families, and loved ones. Modest size of 7.1 inch in diameter which is similar in appearance to size 4 soccer, neither too big nor too little for both outdoor and indoor areas.||PicassoTiles take apart race car is made by high quality and durable material. It is non-toxic, BPA safe, lead safe for children. Recommend for 5 years old and up.|
|Feature 5||Magnet Building Tiles Clear 3D color Magnetic Building Blocks Playboards for preschool, pretend play and more. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage.||Never too early to start developing children’s S.T.E.A.M. skills from visual learning, strong sense of color, motor skill, geometrical shapes, magnetic polarity, mathematics, numbers counts, magnetic polarities, 3D architectural design, structural engineering, to even periodic table elements (3 pieces) at early age.||Magnet Building Tiles Clear 3D color Magnetic Building Blocks Playboards for preschool, pretend play and more. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage.||Safe and fun, intuitive soft edge bumper foam disk with air cushion is perfect for body and eye coordination training. Enhance the exercise level and engagement with sports liked activities. Toxic free and safe for children.||Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today's ever-changing environments. Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style. BONDING BY PLAYING - Entertaining for single or multiple parties and feel the sense of achievement together.|
|Recommended Age||3 years and up||3 years and up||3 years and up||3 years and up||3 years and up|
Creativity Beyond Imagination! Learning by Playing!
Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style.
Entertaining for single or multiple parties, great for parent-to-child bonding with hours of fun quality time. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage.
Educational: Learning is Fun!
It's never too early to start developing kids creativity at a young age, PicassoTiles inspire youngsters learning by playing, children will acquire a strong sense of colors, geometrical shapes
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Summary: (Details below)- This is not a cheap-walmart-knockoff versus upscale-private-toystore toy comparison. These two products came out very much in the same league (darn near identical). Magnatiles have rivets and better-placed reinforcement lines but not stronger magnets. Picasso tiles are about 1% larger and heaver, but the Picasso Tile magnets may be 1% stronger (yep, you read that right). I'd call that a wash. If we are super conservative and say the magnets are identical, Magnatiles could have have a tiny weight advantage in a truly massive build. (As in, for every extra 100 square tiles in a build, Picasso tiles have the added weight equivalent of a single tile). Magnatiles could have a very, very tiny stability advantage when tiles are placed perpendicular to each other. Again, it would take hundreds of tiles before this would be significant. Hours of testing failed to show that Magnatiles were more stable in builds around 100 pieces.
Conclusion: All building materials have their limits, and learning these limits is an important part of the building experience. This teaches kids to work with the material in question and helps them to figure out how to reinforce their structures. That said, no one wants to purchase something that is going to be more frustration than fun. If Magnatiles really outshined Picasso Tiles in terms of stability, I was ready to pay the premium price, but as hard as I tried to show a clear or measurable advantage for the Magnatiles currently being manufactured, I couldn't. I can't imagine a child being able to discern any building difference between these sets. I'm happy in the knowledge that I can use the few hundred dollars I saved to double (!!) our collection (because honestly, the number of tiles you have and the child's skills seems to be the biggest limiting factor here). The rivets alone, to me, were not worth the major price difference. We have about 400 Picasso tiles plus trains and windows played with daily and they are all still in perfect condition. No complaints, no regrets and no more review-reading on this one for me. Continue if you want the full details.
Background: After buying Picasso tiles two years ago, I have always wondered if I was missing out on a much better product in the Magnatiles brand. I read a *lot* of reviews, and for every one claiming the only difference was the rivets, there would be another saying that there was a huge difference in the magnet strength. I have seen videos comparing Magnatiles from ten years ago to current ones reflecting that the newer Magnatiles are significantly weaker (bummer), so wondered if this fact was responsible for the divergent reviews. Picasso tiles have also made some design changes in the last few years, so my old product wouldn't give a fair comparison. For this reason, I decided to purchase current products to compare.
Goal- I went into the experiment fully expecting Magnatiles to come out ahead; I just wanted to see if it was by a wide enough margin to justify the price. Essentially, because I am working within a budget, I was expecting to weigh the value of having double the tiles against stronger (?) magnets. I wanted the most tiles and the best "build" for the buck. I went into it knowing that I would rather have more tiles than rivets.
Price- It goes without saying that Magnatiles are more expensive and have plenty of history and brand loyalty. The 100-piece set is priced at about $130. Sales bring it down to $109 often, and $100 ($1 per tile) is considered great deal. I did a little better at a national bookstore chain, using the kid's club coupon and my member discount to purchase the magnatiles for around 90 cents per tile. Picasso tiles have a 100-piece set priced at $100. They are usually listed at $70, and I purchase them when they drop to a sale price of $55-65. I average 60 cents per tile. Magnatiles are approximately twice the price for anyone who needs to purchase within 90 days (because the Picasso tiles go on sale much more regularly).
Build quality-It should be clear from other reviews that Magnatiles have an edge here, and build differences are the primary differences between these products, but your target use will have to determine if the difference is worth the cost. In both brands, the tiles consist of magnets sandwiched between two plastic plates. One side has pegs and the other has holes inside, so the two sides snap together and are also glued. Magnatiles has added a metal rivet in the corners of their pieces as a second layer of protection. Obviously, swallowing magnets would be the primary concern here. Two years ago, I purchased 200 Picasso tiles (directly from the company). One had magnets that weren't properly oriented and another hadn't been glued at all (someone missed that one), so it popped open and magnets flew everywhere. That one was replaced. That said, we have never had any that were actually glued come open or loose. None have cracked. The new sets I got this year had none of these problems (I checked every tile for correct magnet orientation or loose sides). From my experience, I'd say that they have improved their quality control. I am not at all worried about them coming apart, but could see this being a consideration. If you run a business where there are masses of young children who play with these unsupervised year after year, maybe pay more for the rivets just in case? Or don't give them to kids under 3? From a cost standpoint, you would have to lose a lot of tiles to make these as expensive as the other brand.
I expected the Magnatiles to be made of thicker plastic (many reviews say they are thicker and more sturdy). Imagine my surprise when I was wrong. Even with the metal rivets in the corners, Magnatiles are a hair lighter than Picasso tiles (see Compatibility section). Magnatiles weigh an average of 26.69 grams per tile. Picasso tiles weigh an average of 27.52 grams per tile (a 1.03% difference). If you take the other factors into consideration, I believe that the plastic is identical in composition and thickness.
From a physics standpoint, the reinforcing lines inside the Magnatiles (which criss-cross through the middle of the tile) are more logically arranged to distribute forces throughout the tile and prevent breakage. The newer Picasso Tile design does not seem that it would absorb as much impact. (On the flipside, all the kids I talked to preferred the look of the Picasso tile design because the lines were not as noticeable). I decided not to break any tiles to test this, but a toddler ran back and forth across the largest (weakest) of them (yikes!) and we had no cracks. I wouldn't recommend walking/jumping on either set. In my situation, these are used indoors on carpet and are put away when playtime is over, so they are plenty sturdy for typical use.
Some reviewers of both brands have noted a slightly uneven seam along the side of the occasional tile. I found that there was some of this going on, a little more in the Magnatiles brand, surprisingly enough.
Some reviews state the magnets rattled around more in one brand than the other. We found the sound made by the shaking tile to be identical. This a subjective observation, but those observing were doing so brand-blind. **Update- we followed this up by having the computer compare the sounds from the video. They were even, and this comparison is no longer subjective.**
Compatibility- Are the two brands compatible? Yes! They are nearly identical and people mix the sets all the time. Are they *exactly* the same size? I'm going to go against the grain here and tell you that they are not, although they are extremely close. The Picasso tiles are a hair larger in every direction. For example, a flat stack of 25 Magnatiles is approximately the same height as a stack of 24 Picasso tiles. I believe that it is this tiny ~1% size difference that makes the Picasso tiles slightly heavier overall (they are 1.03% heaver per tile). Basically, if you use 971 square Picasso tiles in one build and 971 square Magnatiles in another, your Picasso tiles build will weigh the equivalent of 10 extra tiles. I'd call that very, very insignificant.
Now, when it comes to very large structures, the more uniform your pieces, the better your build. If the tiles are assembled randomly, the difference would be small, but if you did a whole row of Magnatiles next to a whole row of Picasso tiles, the difference could be a little problematic. For most people this difference is also insignificant, but it does have more impact than the weight difference and is still a consideration. Not mixing the sets for this reason is getting kind of nitpicky, I know, but I'm just throwing that out there. I started with the cheaper sets, so had no compelling reason to try to mix the more expensive ones in once I was done.
Magnetic strength- Ah, the part we have all been waiting for. I'm going to start by saying that I kept the tiles from each brand stacked in identical piles and worked my way down through the stack, using a new tile for each test. Any time I used paperclips, I used a new paperclip for every test and placed the "used" paperclip away from the paperclip pile. If you want to conduct your own tests, this is important; don't reuse the same objects over and over.
The magnets are identical in appearance, size and shape. My first tests were designed to measure the side-to-side strength (as if you placed two tiles flat and directly next to each other) of the magnets. The Picasso tile magnets were able to attract test object A at an average distance of .95 mm from the edge of the tile. The Magnatiles averaged .75 mm (so the Picasso tiles were able to pull something from farther away). Test object B resulted in Picasso tiles having a range of .55 mm and Magnatiles .5 mm. Basically, in the most conservative measure, the magnets in Picasso tiles are every bit as strong as the magnets in the Magnatiles (and may even be 1.1.-1.27% stronger). Now, because the Picasso tiles are slightly larger, it is possible that the size difference is on edges outside the magnets (I do not have the tools to be able to measure something this small very well). It is possible that this means that the magnets in the Magnatiles are slightly closer together when the tiles are in place side-to-side (too small of a difference for me to measure) yielding a tiny stability advantage. An alternate possibility is that the magnatiles magnets are placed further into the tile (by less than my measurable amount of 1 mm). If that is the case, the magnets are identical. No matter how you look at it, with differences that small, this test is a wash. I conducted several build-fail side-to-side tests with the two sets of tiles and they all failed at exactly the same time and under the same load. Tie. (I'll put up a video of just one example of the tests run-you'll notice I didn't swap the tiles out in that video as it was a preliminary one, but I repeated the test with new sets of tiles and the video accurately reflects the results. I ran about 20 different tests but have cited only a few specific examples here).
Perpendicular strength. Because the Picasso tile edges are about 1% larger, we know that there is (1% or less) more plastic (therefore space) between the magnets when a tile is placed perpendicular to another tile in a build. If you don't have tiles, you might want to know that the tile does not sit on top of one it is perpendicular to; instead, it is just outside the tile with the corner edges touching. It is my impression that, from a magnetic standpoint, this is the only area in which Magnatiles may have a very, very slight edge. In the only test that showed any difference at all (a triangle attached parallel to the ground along the seam of two other squares), Magnatiles were able to take about 1 gram more (sitting on the tip of the triangle) before failing. (1 gram, so think a plastic cube the size of a pea). Most would consider this a tie in the real world since this is well under the mass of a single tile. There were no build differences using actual tiles, even in large builds; they failed at the same point every time. In a truly massive build, this would confer a very small advantage, but for all intents and purposes, this was a real-world wash.
Summary on magnets: Let's say as the most conservative estimate that the magnets are identical from the same factory in China (even though the Picasso tile magnets measured 1% stronger, which seemed to negate the fact that the magnets may be slightly farther apart in building). As previously mentioned, the Picasso tiles *may* have a tiny bit more plastic between them on the edges, do have a tiny bit more plastic between the magnets placed perpendicular to each other, and are slightly heavier overall. In a very large structure these are disadvantages, albeit tiny ones. I conducted additional large build tests, having the subjective impression that Magnatiles might fail about a split-second after the Picasso Tiles, but every time I found a difference, I went through and made sure the tiles were in exactly the same position (the tiles can sit slightly inside/outside of the tile beneath the one it is "connected" to). When I took the time to ensure that every tile was in the exact same position, I could never find the difference that I kept thinking I would find and both sets of tiles failed at the same point on every build test.
Play- The kids love to build with these & make window murals. They also make a makeshift light table (don't have one) to play on top of-so neat! They toss a clear plastic bin over a bright light, wrap a dark blanket around the four sides, leaving only the top exposed, and voila-instant free light table. They have recently been experimenting with car ramps made partly out of Picasso tiles because the magnets "grab"/slow down/slightly divert their (metal) cars.
***Requests - Picasso Tiles, if you read reviews, I strongly believe you should be offering rectangles (the shape of two small squares side by side) as your primary building shape. The best building "blocks" (wooden blocks, Lego, real-world bricks, etc.) are those that can be offset when building vertically. Building walls with tall columns of blocks next to each other is inherently unstable because the weight of each piece serves to hold the pieces directly under it but not to secure the structure as a whole. The way it is now, the taller a structure gets, the harder it is for the magnets along the sides of the columns to handle keeping the entire column in place. These "column seams" are the weak points of every almost every single build. Rectangular pieces would be much better because every piece could be offset from the one below it. The builds would get MUCH better. This small change could 100% blow every competitor out of the water. You're welcome. Feel free give me a few free boxes :). I would also love to see transparent (no color) Picasso tiles. (Not as important: Options for 1x4 pieces like would be nice for roofs and such, but not necessary. Have some other thoughts too, but the first recommendation is the one I feel most strongly about)***
All the tiles are still going strong. Recently my kids had friends over and they filled all their creations with glow sticks. That was a new one. I filled in some numbers and added some pics/videos from my earlier tests. I also had a major laughing moment when Picasso Tiles recently reached out to send a box of some windows/doors as a thank you for spending the time to do a full comparison (the comment above was meant to be facetious). Anyway, they score an upvote from me for checking reviews and having good customer service.
I was so excited to get these for my toddler, that I don’t know if I was more excited to play with them myself, or what! 😂 (will be enjoyed by ALL ages!)
I couldn’t wait to open them up and give them a try, and wow- was I amazed! They were super magnetic, and held together extremely well. The plastic feels VERY good quality, and I say this because I ordered this set for my son, and then 2 sets of a slightly cheaper brand I found on Walmart for Christmas gifts, (“Best Choice” brand) -and although those were highly rated as well, BOY- were they cheap quality compared to the Picasso quality! The plastic on the cheaper brand felt like those CD cases! -and we ALL know how those things use to crack!
(I instantly packed those sub-par, weak, magnetic tiles up, and shipped them back! Then immediately ordered 2 more PICASSO brand sets for my Niece & Nephew!
-The few dollars more price difference is DEFINITELY WORTH IT!
What drew me to buy this set above all others for my son at first, was that it is the ONLY set that comes with 8 LARGE 6” tiles. Those 8 large tiles are the equivalent of 32 of the regular square tiles. (1) large 6x6 tile is the make up of (4) 3x3 square tiles.)
Because of this, when you’re building, you gain much more tile make up, and height, not to mention better stability with the large tiles.
So, it’s almost like getting a 124 piece set! (The 8 large tiles are equivalent to 32 small squares, subtract the 8 pieces already counted for in the 100 piece set- and it’s like getting 24 extra squares free!)
I HIGHLY recommend PICASSO brand tiles. The other brands may have good reviews, but they most likely didn’t have a quality comparison like I did, which gave me PROOF that PICASSO is by far, the superior brand.
STRONG magnets = great hold, better quality plastic, and a big plus- the (8) large, 6” tiles, (equivalent to 32 of the reg)! Other brands come with only 2 large tiles.
I’ve uploaded some photos trying show some key quality points. I also uploaded a video to show how easy they are to use, and how strong the magnets are, but please excuse whatever I’m talking about, and my goofiness 😜- it was a video I sent my family to show how awesome Picasso tiles are!
(I was also trying them out at 2am, while the kids were asleep!😂 -Like I said,,, they will be enjoyed by ALL ages!☺️) haha
I LOVE PICASSO Tiles, and I know my kids will too! ❤️
At an average of 50 cents a per piece, they're a decent bargain, although ALL the reputable magnetic blocks/tiles/etc. are overpriced (I'm looking RIGHT at you Magformer, though you're the best and you know it and it's CERTAINLY reflected in the price).
I shot a quick video comparing the magnetic pull, and ease of play between Picasso Tiles and Magformer and the results are surprising and disappointing.
Hope this was helpful!
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The tiles are compatible with the other brands (we have two sets of different brands). I also bought the large base plate as we find large structures need bigger plates for stability. I like how this set has bigger squares so that's definately cuts down on frustration from structures failling down
As a parent I love to watch the kids skills develop and improve. My youngest was only 2 and a half when we got these. She has gone from not being able to build anything, to being able to build a box firstly and now 6 months later she can build large structures
I highly recommend this to any parent.
These picasso tiles are also compatible with the magna tiles.
In general so worth it, specially considering the price vs magna tiles.
Great quality, endless possibilities for play. Even I enjoy playing with them. I find quality amazing, we build towers over 1m high and it holds.
Currently there are three manufacturers of this product, the price points on two of them are similar and on one of them are extreme. While I would have to agree that the durability on the more expensive product is there, for the cost of this product I can purchase three of these kits for the price of one of the competitors kits and have so many more tiles.
These tiles are slightly less quality than the most expensive option here, however like I said if the tile doesn’t end up breaking you can throw it out and still be way ahead.
But all in all these will do. What can I say?