As I’ve mentioned many times before I’m a big fan of STEM Toys like Geomag that can be used at home to support kids with their studies at school; without them realising. They encourage kids to freely investigate and be creative which is sadly not always encouraged at school. The Geomag Mechanics Gravity kits take their classic magnetic forces ‘play’ a step further and introduce moveable mechanical parts to structures that utilise gravity to create movement.
There are a few sets available and Geomag sent us the GeoMag Mechanics Gravity Up And Down Set – Model 706 (330 Pieces) that my girls reviewed on their youtube channel Love Ro & Ra
And the Geomag Mechanics Gravity Shoot & Catch– Model 774 (243 pcs) that I’ll be reviewing here. You may also like to read our review of the Geomag Panels or watch the Love Ro & Ra vlog of the Geomag Mechanics 86 Piece Set
The Geomag Mechanics Gravity Shoot & Catch Contains
11 blue magnetic bars (1 of which is a polarity checker)
36 steel balls,
144 plastic orange connectors
14 plastic orange upright supports
11 plastic red columns
20 clear plastic parts
6 plastic blue parts that make up various mechanisms
1 basics booklets explaining how to build the individual mechanisms
1 project booklet with 2 structures to build.
All the parts are clearly shown and labelled on the back of the box.
As with all Geomag sets you don’t need the leaflet to use it, you can jump straight in and just construct freestyle. But it is worth flicking through the two instruction leaflets to see how the different mechanisms work and get built. Plus there are two great starter projects; a simpler Magnetic Track that uses the magnetic canon and magnetic catcher and then more complicated Shoot and Catch that uses the magnetic cannon, stop and go, gravity motor and the magnetic catcher.
We chose to do the simpler magnetic track project but if you want to see the gravity motor in action watch the vid at the top of this post that shows it in action!
The instruction booklet is quite easy to follow and each section will have extra boxes with a zoomed in image whenever more detail is required. But as with all construction products the more you use them the easier and quicker it becomes to read and understand what’s going on.
Patience, perseverance and a gentle touch are skills that come in handy, especially for the larger projects like the one in the video at the top of the page.
I’ve always loved construction sets like Geomag as they secretly help kids develop a range of skills and knowledge whilst innocently playing. The gravity motor, in particular, is a real eye-opener when it’s used and the sense of satisfaction the kids get when their project all comes together at the end is wonderful. Some kids (especially the younger ones) may need some help from an adult with the more fiddly parts but I personally like to help teach my girls how to read the instructions and also, at times, even tweak and improve the build.
Aimed at 7+ years the Geomag Mechanics Gravity kits are a worthy investment as when built the kids are fascinated by the movement of the steel balls and their construction. Plus it helps support their senior years studying. It’s the perfect STEM toy in that it will help develop logic, problem-solving, build skills and of course develop a child’s understanding of magnetic forces and gravity. Both this kit and the larger kit reviewed in the video use the same mechanisms. The main difference being that you less building blocks and only one gravity motor so you can only incorporate either an upwards or a downwards movement (watch the video from about 6:30 to see what I mean) but it’s still really impressive and perfect for visually demonstrating energy transfer.
When it’s finished you get a rather zippy track that flings a ball bearing around at quite a speed. One thing to note is that the magnetic canon needs to be manually re-set which can add to the fun. We set competitions to see who could keep the steel ball continually moving for the longest… you can see it in action below.
Geomag is an incredibly well-made brand that uses high-quality materials (the kind of toy you pass on to future generations) and you can constantly extend it with other kits if your child becomes obsessed.
To find out more head over to GeoMagWorld.
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