Friday, 2 November 2018

Geomag Gravity Motor Review: STEM toy for 7 years and up


We have long been a fan of Geomag (see our original review of their Magicubes here) so we were excited to receive a Geomag Gravity set to review. Aimed at 7 years plus Geomag Gravity sets are a great STEM toy for Tweens which explore the principles of magnetism and gravity. We received the Gravity Motor set to review.

A 7 year old girl looking at instructions for the Geomag Gravity Motor set

What Did We Think of The Geomag Gravity Motor Set?

I’ll be honest, with my eldest only just turning 7 and not always having the most patience I thought I would be reviewing it myself. I set the camera up on the floor to make a video one evening opened the set and started to assemble the first motor in the instructions. At 6 months pregnant I struggled with the discomfort of sitting on the floor and having to dart after the magnetic balls when I dropped them before they disappeared under the sofas. I put lots of pieces together the wrong way and found my structure kept falling over just before it should have been finished. It wasn’t the most successful experience I’ve had testing a toy. 

The instructions for the initial motor, orange plastic pieces and magnetic balls and rods

The Geomag Gravity Motor box sat on the shelf for a few weeks while I worked on other things until one day while watching the TV my eldest saw an advert for Geomag Gravity and said “I want that”. Admittedly that is a frequent cry in our house when watching kid’s TV channels, but this time I was able to say “we have it, do you want me to get it out?”. She said “yes” so we did.

The unopened Geomag Gravity Box

My 7 year old was more successful than me assembling the motor and although we still had a few occasions where it nearly fell apart, she mostly independently put it together. I was impressed and it definitely reflects her growing interest in learning as well as her concentration levels. When assembled the sets can be moved using the magnets and some will continue to move on their own.

Balancing steel balls on plastic

A young girl focusing on assembling 2 pieces of plastic for the Geomag gravity motor

Concentration on the face of a child assembling plastic pieces

The challenges of assembling Geomag Gravity Motors come from sometimes being unable to be sure which way to assemble the pieces. The instructions are fairly clear, but I found it particularly confusing which way up to attach the orange pieces. The other challenge is that the movement of the motor uses magnets. The magnets sometimes want to move at times you don’t want them too which was why my structure fell over a few times.

My daughter enjoyed playing with Geomag Gravity Motor and was amazed by being able to make it move afterwards. She has built LEGO structures in the past and while this is the first of this sort of moving toy she has assembled she mostly managed to do it alone. Older or more experienced children will be able to play with the set independently.

The set contains 169 pieces: 126 plastic pieces, 11 magnetic rods and 32 steel balls. The instructions include a few different ways to assemble the pieces: 2 magnetic transmission's which help you get used to the pieces and explore how they move, a gravity motor going up and a gravity motor going down with an optional extension.

A young girl attaching 2 blue rods to a plastic construction

Using a rod to make the motor start to spin so the balls start to descend

Also in the Geomag Gravity range there is a Gravity Magnetic Track, Gravity Up & Down Circuit and Gravity Shoot & Catch set. They range in cost depending on the size of the set with Magnetic Track being the smallest. The Gravity Motor set is currently on Amazon for £39.44, but the affiliate widget below will update with any changes. 


***Disclosure: We were sent the Geomag Gravity Motor set for an honest review***
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