Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hands-On Play with the Tripod -- Smartmax Tripod Review

**This portion of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has been sponsored by Smartmax!

I have always felt like the smartest gift is one that will encourage play.  Play inside and out.  A type of play that uses a child's hands and their mind.  Smartmax has come up with a product to do just that!

Have fun building incredible structures with SmartMax! SmartMax features strong, safe and oversized pieces that are specifically designed for handling by young kids as they learn about the effects of magnetic attraction and repulsion. At the same time, older children will have fun using the pieces to construct towers, bridges and countless other creations.

With more than 40 SmartMax items available, the building never has to stop!

The whole family has had some great fun playing with the Smartmax Tripod!  It entertained my husband for hours!  Who knew a toy designed to get children thinking got my 34 yr old husband thinking and kept him thinking for a good while!?

The Tripod is a magnetic balls and magnetic Y-bars that meet together.  I noticed that if you have two of the same color Y-bar, they will not magnetize toward each other, but push away.  Each color has one other color it does not like. For some odd reason, I am fascinated by this!  Interesting stuff!

There are so many different things you can build with this magnetic discovery Tripod!  I've seen a snow flake, I've seen a play gun, The children are also building interesting tripod structures!

The hard plastic used in the Y-bars is good quality.  I don't think there will be too many cracks in these bars.  My only hope is to not see any random Y-bars flying through the air in my home!  Boys will be boys, right?  

It has been a pleasure watching Allyson and Cooper playing together to build fun shapes.  Sometimes you have to take those moments and appreciate the giggles and smiles.  They're few and far between at times.  any product that does this for my children is a keeper!

I look forward to getting one or two of the other kits to go great with Cooper's new Smartmax Tripod!  They can be found on Amazon.  Go check them out for yourself!  Your children will love them, and it's okay if you play too!

This review is based strictly on my own opinion.  Others may have different opinions or experiences with the products mentioned above.  I was provided samples free of charge by the company or a PR Agency.  I have provided my open and honest opinions.  No other type of compensation was received for this review.


  1. This is such a neat idea!!! Looks and sounds like you had a blast!

  2. These look like so much fun, i bet i would play with them so much more then my kids! haha. I need to learn to share!