Magnetic building blocks

Which parent doesn’t know? You want safe and age-appropriate magnetic building blocks for your children, but due to the small particles in the commercially available items, these are not suitable for children under 3 years of age. The particles represent a great danger. To avoid this danger, our customer decided to make „magnetic building blocks“ for his son himself.

Magnetic building blocks

Magnets fascinate even the smallest of us. As small, swallowable parts, however, they are not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
So I made “magical building blocks” for my son so that he can get his first experience with magnets in a playful way, even as a toddler.

Magnetic building blocks

Merged cubes "small"

Cube "big"

The risk of injury through magnets is very high and not immediately recognizable, especially for small children.

Our disc magnets Ø 15.0 x 15.0 mm N45 nickel form the basis for the magnetic building blocks.

The customer described his application as follows:

  • First he saw cubes of various sizes from a beech wood strip (square).
    The large cubes have an edge length of 35 mm and the small ones 23 mm. The diagonal of these cubes is 32.5 mm.
    All sizes corresponds to the DIN EN 71 standard for toys for children under 3 years of age.
  • Holes for the magnets were drilled in the middle of the cubes with a 15 mm wood drill.
  • The depth is 25 mm for the large and 22 mm for the small cubes. With these dimensions, the magnets are placed in the middle of the cube.
  • Cones with a minimum diameter of 15 mm were turned and shortened from a beechwood stick.
  • After inserting the magnets into the cubes, these pegs are slightly longer than the remaining hole.
  • He punched these pegs into the corresponding holes and glued them with some glue to be on the safe side.
  • The protrusion and the edges were sanded clean.

Absolutely child-safe magnetic building blocks!

Application of the blocks on a disc

Magnetic adhesion to a disc

Due to the strength of the magnets, even through the large wooden cubes, they are still strong enough so that the effect is shown in a magical way for children.
With the small cubes, the attraction is stronger, so that you can play wonderfully with them on a glass table, for example, on which a magnet can be moved through the plate while hanging or lying down.
In addition, the magical building blocks can be painted in different colors as desired. However, it is important to use a child-friendly paint, as children like to put their toys in their mouths.