With the 3D MagnaColor, kids can create colorful 3D images. The set comes with a MagnaColor Design Station, four double-sided, underwater-themed tracing images, four magic dot dispensing pens (red, orange, yellow, and green), 160 magic dots (40 for each pen), a pair of 3D glasses, and a screen swiper.
To start filling the pens with the magic dots, insert each pen into its color-coded compartment with the pen's clear window facing up. Insert the writing tip of the pen into the refill position. You should feel it click into the slot. Once all the pens are in place, close the compartments by sliding each latch to the left. Then pour all 3D Magic Dots on the MagnaColor Design Station. Use the screen swiper to slide the dots to the top of the Design Station, making sure they all go through the slot at the top. Gently shake the Design Station left to right, and you will see the 3D Magic Dots separate into their proper rows. Continue to shake until all the colors have separated. Turn the 3D Design Station counter clockwise. Open all four compartments by moving the latches to the right. This will cause the dots to fall into the pens. Close the compartment doors and remove the pens.
Select an image and place it in the Design Station. With one of the pens, press down gently in one spot to release a single magic dot. If you press down gently and slide the pen across the picture, you will release a series of magic dots. The metal dots stick to the magnetic Design Station. When you have finished coloring with the dots, put on the 3D glasses and watch your creation pop.
The 3D Magic MagnaColor offers a different way for kids to color, and because they can easily remove the magic dots from the pictures, they can color the pictures in new ways each time they play. The 3D glasses are a nice touch, but the 3D effect isn't really that good. You don't really need the 3D glasses to enjoy this toy. We think that the MagnaColor is fun to play with even without the glasses.
The 3D Magic MagnaColor is for ages 4 and up. The magic dots are very small, small enough for even a 4-year-old to swallow. (The toy is age graded for 4 and up.)
Be careful if you're letting a young child play with this toy so that they don't put the magic dots in his or her mouth. Tech 4 Kids says that the dots are NOT magnets. The dots are metal and the board is magnetic. Swallowing them is no harm as they will just pass through you. Adult supervision is recommended while younger children are playing with this toy.
There are two extra pen spaces on the back of the Design Station, one for a blue pen and dots and one for a pink pen and dots. Extra colored pens are available in MagnaColor Design Packs that also include extra picture pages. These are sold separately and available in different themes, including Rainbow Sky, Midnight Garden, Hello Kitty, SpongeBob, and Dora.
We had trouble getting the magic dots to fall into the pens. Shaking the Design Station up and down helped make the dots fall through the holes and into the pens.
When releasing the magic dots, make sure your pen is held upright, otherwise the dots won't come out.
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