Review & Giveaway: CMS NeoPin: Fierce Magnets Give Incognito Workouts (Four Winners Total)

Pushpin magnets can help develop the "Neat Fine Pincer Grasp" which is the most mature grasp that you'll use as a child and adult. think pen, think nails, think lots of things.....

WHAT: CMS NeoPin (neodymium pushpin magnets pack of 10) CMS Ceramic Domino Block Pins (Pack of 12) by CMS Magnetics
DOES: makes your refrigerator, steel door, steel surface into an easel and SO MUCH MORE
INVEST: $9.99 for each set
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer (strong magnets inspire curiosity), Family Fix-it (because you are going to need some on the kitchen fridge- Fall is the season for organizing)
EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito, Occupational Therapist,  Prainito Pediatric Therapy
Giveaway Details below- FOUR WINNERS TOTAL  

 

On the weekend after my Magnetic Wall of Magic was created, I ran straight to Staples to find some large paper and magnets to have my kids paint a small mural. I bought Dual Surface Project Paper from Staples ($7.79) and some magnets and put it up to paint.

I was so excited, cut up a large size square from the roll and stuck up the paper onto my wall only to become disappointed.

No, the paper didn’t fall off but I didn’t feel like the magnets were going to be strong enough to withstand pressure from a stroke of a thick paint brush. I know I could have bought larger magnets but they weren’t that cheap. Some of the stronger ones had clips or hooks and that isn’t what I wanted.

Success, the CMS NeoPin worked fantastically. That is one huge sheet of paper!

Not All Magnets are Created Equal

The kind folks at Magnamagic told me that neodymium magnets were good for their walls. You might have seem them. Grown-ups use them. Sometimes they are tiny and thus used as a prettier way of putting up notes on a fridge or a magnetic bulletin board.

I had looked for neodymium magnets in the neighborhood and had no such luck. Finally, online, I found some very cute ones that looked similar to game pieces that you would see in a game like Sorry. Soon, they were at my doorstep! Yeah!

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After talking to Aimee Prainito of Georgia-based Prainito Pediatric Therapy who talked to me about the benefits of a magnetic chalkboard wall, I told her about my awesome magnets and she gave me a cool idea for an activity that I could do with them that would support the critical building of shoulder and core trunk stability that would help support handwriting and even paying attention as discussed in the first two reviews of the Magnamagic.

She said that pushing a magnet through a maze that was drawn on the chalkboard would be a very fun exercise that would help these strengths. Then I thought about what magnets I had and realized there could be even more benefits.

This was so much fun to make for them! I like to think that I'm modeling out-of-the-box thinking here. But I just love these pushpins! Feel sorry for the dark blue one....

I showed Aimee some pictures and she told me that she thought they coud serve to improve what is called the neat pincer grasp. “This grasp is using the pad of the index finger to oppose the pad of the thumb. This is the most mature grasp a child/adult will have in their lifetime,” Aimee explained. “This grasp is required for all fine motor work, this is the precision grasp.”

Wow. I just wanted cute magnets that they could use to hold up paper for painting! I didn’t know they were good for “weight training”?!?! But it makes sense!

Recognize this grip? And the pull of the magnets makes it like incognito weight training.

Here is a close-up of the Super Large Pushpin Magnet that we are giving away. This is my 5 year old's hand.

How does the “work-out” really work?

“By using the push pin magnet, the child will also have to use some strength to grip it and pull it either off the board completely or by pushing the magnet around, like through a maze.,” again Aimee comes up with brilliant ideas. “By pulling it off, the child is working strengthening the muscles within the hand that are required for in hand manipulation skills.”

Seriously, who would know this? But wait there is more.

“Also, by pushing the magnet through a maze, they are working on their visual-motor skills (eye -hand coordination skills),” Aimee said. “This is through visual scanning. They also have to motor plan how to get the magnet through the maze without crossing lines.”

These aren't neodymium but these ceramic CMS Domino Block Pins are strong! Kids can pick it up and use to make an easel. Our giveaway of these is giving away a set of 12. There will be 4 winners!

Super Strong!

Well how about the fact that they are super super strong and you can use them to put up cards on your fridge! But remember, that they are super strong and if you have little ones at home then I’d wait before buying these. The good people at CMS care about kids’ safety and expressed that concern to me. The thing is, that if you have these magnets at the base of the pushpin shaped encasing, it can become dislodged. But then I have to think practically because you sort have to recognize the power of the magnet and forgive it for clinging onto the fridge rather than its plastic encasing. Once the plastic casing is off, then for the small ones, you have to be concerned because the Super Large Pushpins are kind of big but still… if you are worried, go for CMS Domino Block Pins.

If you use it for magnetic chalkboard walls like mine, dislodging is less likely to happen.  For us, it’s not a big deal here because my kids are over 5 and so I don’t worry about those things anymore. But again, when in even a little big of doubt, opt for my rectangular favorite also being given away, the CMS Domino Block Pins (12 in a pack).

Seriously, aren't they just the cutest little things? Pictured: Large Size Neodymium Magnetic Pushpin

Time to Win Your Own Set of Super Strong Magnets (Super Large Pushpin (10) or Domino Block Pin (12)! FOUR WINNERS TOTAL! Winner can to choose which set he/she prefers. Remember to follow the rules! The winning game can only be shipped to the U.S. Ends: May 7, 2012 12:01 AM EST

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Disclosure statement: Toys are Tools has not been compensated in any fashion by the manufacturer of any of the mentioned products for the publication of this post.  The product was given to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised.

Jenn Choi is a writer and mom to 2 children with special needs which include the roman letters A, D, H, N, O, P, and S in various combinations. They also possess superpowers like high-energy (really high), number and small detail memory, creative thinking, and an uncanny ability to drive a parent to the very edge of the universe and bring them back with one quick smile. Her writing about toys as tools for developing skills and feeding talents can be found at www.toysaretools.com

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Jenn Choi is a writer and mom to 2 children with special needs which include the roman letters A, D, H, N, O, P, and S in various combinations. They also possess superpowers like high-energy (really high), number and small detail memory, creative thinking, and an uncanny ability to drive a parent to the very edge of the universe and bring them back with one quick smile. Her writing about toys as tools for developing skills and feeding talents can be found at www.toysaretools.com

4 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

     I love these.  If I win I might be pushed to actually make an awesome magnetic chalk board like yours!

    Reply
  2. Jodi says:

    Thanks for having this site! It’s hard to find ideas and support for Mom’s of kiddos with ADHD! 

    Reply
  3. AdrianneBraun says:

    I would love to win the magnets!  We have an outdoor magnetic chalkboard and they would be perfect for our daughter.  

    Reply
  4. Msk Murray says:

    So awesome my son would love.

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