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A unique spin on magnetic toys, Switch & Spin Magnetic Gear Board lets kids build their own toy!
<p><strong>Toy Description</strong></p> <p>A wooden frame surrounds a white magnetic board, where the eight magnets and gears can be placed. The set includes five double-sided templates, each color coded so the corresponding magnet can be placed accordingly, if so desired.</p> <p>The eight plastic gears, each brightly colored, are made to be placed over the magnetic peg. The peg itself is plastic, but has a magnet at the base, allowing the peg to be placed on the board. After setting up the magnetic pegs, the gears can be added and interlocked to create a moving simple machine.</p> <p><strong>Play</strong></p> <p>Aside from the sense of satisfaction a child can receive after creating a functioning simple machine, they can also improve their dexterity, problem-solving skills, and increase a basic sense of cause-and-effect.</p> <p>Dexterity is improved as a child places magnetic pegs onto the board, followed by placing plastic gears onto the pegs. Fitting the gears together creates a machine that moves all gears via the manipulation of one gear.</p> <p>Children can decide to set up the gears according to one of the included templates, or place the magnets and gears on the board free-style. This open-ended type of play allows for a greater use of their imagination.</p> <p><strong>Observations</strong></p> <p>Users reported, overall, a fairly positive review of the Gear Board. Ideal for children over two, connecting the gears successfully can help with a child&rsquo;s ability to problem-solve, while thinking through how one gear will affect the others can improve their cause-and-effect.</p> <p>Placing the pegs, and subsequently placing the gears over the pegs, requires hand-eye-coordination and can help improve dexterity.</p> <p>Single-sized gears allow for limited gear combinations, and a few users expressed interest in seeing a toy that had more possibilities in this regard.</p> <p>Because the gears do not really click, grip, or connect tightly to the pegs, the toy cannot be used on a vertical surface, such as a fridge door.</p> <p><strong>Care</strong></p> <ul> <li>Wiped down with a damp cloth.</li> <li>Gears can be washed in warm water and mild soap.</li> </ul> <p>For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, <a href="/Blogs1/The-Cleaning-Guide-for-Toys.htm" linktype="8" target="_self">The Cleaning Guide for Toys</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Parts and Pieces</strong></p> <p>We could not find any information as to where to purchase replacement gears. However, Melissa and Doug have a good reputation for customer service, so we have listed their contact information.&nbsp;</p> <p>Melissa &amp; Doug Customer Service:&nbsp; (800) 718-5365 M-Th 7am - 6pm Eastern or on Friday 7am-5pm EST.<br /> Consumer Questions/Comments: Service@MelissaAndDoug.com</p> <p><strong>Concerns</strong></p> <p>We noticed several reports of the magnets falling coming off the pegs, creating a potential choking hazard. Additionally, if the magnets are lost, the toy is rather difficult to play with. Some users were able to glue the magnets back onto the pegs, but this was uniformly met with success, and a variety of glues may need to be used.&nbsp;</p>
Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
Date published: 2015-12-03
6.50 / 10 stars

Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board Is Science Disguised

by Melissa & Doug
current stage2015-12-03

Creating a simple machine with working gears, a child can explore how one piece affects the movement of the others. Bright colors add to the visual appeal, while the use of magnets lets children place the gears anywhere on the board. 

This toy gets pretty decent reviews, though the identical sized gears allows for a limited exploration of cause-and-effect. Due to the short bursts of attention children may give to this toy, it may be more suitable in the classroom than at home. We also noted reports of parts breaking, so those concerned about choking hazards may want to use supervision.

  • Melissa & Doug Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
  • Melissa & Doug Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
  • Melissa & Doug Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
  • Melissa & Doug Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
Melissa & Doug Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board
Overall6.50
This measure how often, for how long, and how many different ages will play with this toy. A great toy will be loved for years, and is still wanted as the child grows.
Replay
  • 6.00
 
This measures the quality of the materials and production processes used.
Quality
  • 4.00
 
This scores how well a toy encourages critical thinking, pattern recognition, and memory improvement.
Cognitive
  • 7.00
 
Including both gross and fine motor skills, this measure how much this toy engages and challenges physical mobility, body awareness, and coordination.
Motor
  • 7.00
 
This measures how likely a toy is to spark social play between children or how well it teaches socially healthy behavior.
Social
  • 2.00
 

Product Specs

Age 24 Months - 6 Years
Made in China
Recalls No
Batteries None
Materials Wood & Plastic
Choking Hazard Small Potential Choking Hazard
Date Reviewed 12/03/2015

Where to Buy

Amazon $16.99
Pros
  • Large gears are easily manipulated by small hands
  • Easily cleaned
  • Gears can be placed according to template or free-style
Cons
  • Breaking pieces have been reported, creating a potential choking hazard
  • Single-size gears allow for only simple gear mechanics
Detailed Review

Toy Description

A wooden frame surrounds a white magnetic board, where the eight magnets and gears can be placed. The set includes five double-sided templates, each color coded so the corresponding magnet can be placed accordingly, if so desired.

The eight plastic gears, each brightly colored, are made to be placed over the magnetic peg. The peg itself is plastic, but has a magnet at the base, allowing the peg to be placed on the board. After setting up the magnetic pegs, the gears can be added and interlocked to create a moving simple machine.

Play

Aside from the sense of satisfaction a child can receive after creating a functioning simple machine, they can also improve their dexterity, problem-solving skills, and increase a basic sense of cause-and-effect.

Dexterity is improved as a child places magnetic pegs onto the board, followed by placing plastic gears onto the pegs. Fitting the gears together creates a machine that moves all gears via the manipulation of one gear.

Children can decide to set up the gears according to one of the included templates, or place the magnets and gears on the board free-style. This open-ended type of play allows for a greater use of their imagination.

Observations

Users reported, overall, a fairly positive review of the Gear Board. Ideal for children over two, connecting the gears successfully can help with a child’s ability to problem-solve, while thinking through how one gear will affect the others can improve their cause-and-effect.

Placing the pegs, and subsequently placing the gears over the pegs, requires hand-eye-coordination and can help improve dexterity.

Single-sized gears allow for limited gear combinations, and a few users expressed interest in seeing a toy that had more possibilities in this regard.

Because the gears do not really click, grip, or connect tightly to the pegs, the toy cannot be used on a vertical surface, such as a fridge door.

Care

  • Wiped down with a damp cloth.
  • Gears can be washed in warm water and mild soap.

For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.  

Parts and Pieces

We could not find any information as to where to purchase replacement gears. However, Melissa and Doug have a good reputation for customer service, so we have listed their contact information. 

Melissa & Doug Customer Service:  (800) 718-5365 M-Th 7am - 6pm Eastern or on Friday 7am-5pm EST.
Consumer Questions/Comments: Service@MelissaAndDoug.com

Concerns

We noticed several reports of the magnets falling coming off the pegs, creating a potential choking hazard. Additionally, if the magnets are lost, the toy is rather difficult to play with. Some users were able to glue the magnets back onto the pegs, but this was uniformly met with success, and a variety of glues may need to be used. 

Manufacturer's Description

A unique spin on magnetic toys, Switch & Spin Magnetic Gear Board lets kids build their own toy! Simply choose a picture template from 10 unique designs and place it in the wooden frame. Then add the gears in the color-coded spaces to turn each picture into an amazing kid-powered machine! Or remove the templates to reveal the white magnetic surface--perfect for an open-ended exploration of simple mechanics, or a range of counting, adding, and problem-solving activities (instructions included). This sturdy, durable gears toy includes a magnetic board with wooden frame, eight magnetic pegs, eight colorful gears, and five double-sided, color-coded design templates.

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