Magna Color 3D Art Board Review


Some moms love to craft with their children. They always have their hot glue gun ready for action:) Then there are some moms who are fearful of craft time. Yes, I said “fear”- I have three boys. Obviously, you can figure out which group I fall into:)

By nature I’m not a crafty person, therefore tackling a project with three little boys isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Therefore it was with some trepidation I brought forth our new Magna Color.  I was sure this would be messy.  I was sure it would test my limits of craftiness.  But what I discovered was a clever, art creating toy the likes of which my family had never seen.

The kit includes everything you need to create your own 3D art using dots.  Upon first opening the kit, I didn’t exactly understand how all of the parts worked together.  But I quickly consulted the instructions for a step-by-step guide on how to set up the board.  My boys watched with obvious excitement.  They were more than willing to give this board a try!

First we spread out some of the dots onto the board.  The dots are metal and the board is magnetic.  Whew!  I was so relieved to discover this fact.  It decreases the likelihood that I will find them strewn all over my house!

Then using a little sweeper push the dots up and over to the other side.  Where all the magic loading of the pens takes place.

I found this side of the board completely brilliant.  The dots fall into a simple, but smart sorting method.  The dots vary slightly by size and filter down through the system accordingly.  Then by simply opening the compartment to the pens, I can simply shake the dots into the filling cavity of the pens.  It is so brilliant!

Obviously this part is a bit tricky for children.  But my five year old and eight year old  were able to figure it out after watching me a few times.  For a glimpse of this process check out the short video below.

The board also comes with sheets that allow you to create a specific design. Though my boys were not on that level yet. But really, my boys always like to do there own thing. I consider that extra creative, right?

I must admit my inner perfectionist wanted to take the Magna Color from my kids so that I could create my own perfect picture using the dots.  I resisted…..

As you can see in the picture above there is a 3D element to the dots.  After they are assembled on the board they way you would like, simply pop on the 3D classes to see your own creation pop out at you.  This might be a selling feature for some, but we found the 3D feature to be unexciting.  It was the process of filling the pens and then using them on the board that my children found joy.

I have personally never seen Magna Color in stores before, but this season, it can be purchased at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Kohl’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Walgreens, and many more retailers!

I’m completely not surprised that Dr. Toy named it one of her Top 10 Creative Toys for 2012.

Replacement Pen-   A small quantity of product shipped this past summer included malfunctioning pens.  As a company dedicated to high quality product, Tech 4 Kids, the manufacturers of Magna Color, would like anyone with malfunctioning pens to contact them at the following email: for a set of free replacement pens and dots.

Connect with Magna Color 3D creators Tech4Kids via Twitter and Facebook for more information.




I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.


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