Cheap trick Friday: Magna-tiles

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The best toy that we have, by far, are the magnetic blocks. Three kids, aged 2, 5, and 9, and every one of them plays with these at least once a week. These are the toys we bring on road trips and to gymnastics meets for the boring boring spectator time, and they never get old. They also attract (get it?) other kids like moths to a flame. While I like LEGOs and arts and crafts, the magnetic blocks outperform them all and never seem to get old.

The name brand <a href="http:////ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=freedomfiter-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B000CBSNRY&asins=B000CBSNRY&linkId=b26066c14e87fabf6b683c530c4757d3&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Magna-tiles are, in my opinion, insanely expensive. While we started with name brand blocks, we eventually moved to knock-off brands and they are all mixed together and there is no difference between the expensive ones and the cheap ones. Literally no difference.

<a href="http:////ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=freedomfiter-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01MG5L9AK&asins=B01MG5L9AK&linkId=5518f3aad398c77b0fd3d06d46c8c5e6&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Here are the <a href="http:////ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=freedomfiter-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01NAACMU8&asins=B01NAACMU8&linkId=cb6f6d627223fce13bf1b6b19bf3b1c0&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>kinds that we have gotten, both for ourselves and as gifts, but truthfully, you could go with just about any brand, in my experience. More important than brand is a variety of shapes and maybe a nice carrying compartment.

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