One product which stood out for me was Magformers. Billed as an 'intelligent magnetic construction set', I could instantly see the appeal for boys and girls alike.
We were sent the Inspire 30 set for review. It contains (funnily enough) 30 magnetic pieces; 12 triangles and 18 squares, all in pretty pink and purple colours.
Both girls loved playing with the Magformers and they found the colourful booklet included very helpful to start them off. They managed a 3D pig/cat (?!) and a heart in minutes and were very proud of their creations!
Personally I love the creativity that stems from this construction set, and the knowledge that it's giving them a bit of hands on science learning with the magnetic function. This product has won awards - certified safe for under 3s, the magnets are encapsulated in tough plastic and pieces are not too small so swallowing is not an issue. There are lots of different sets and colours available, and retail prices start at around £16.99. There's a great video on their website which shows some pretty impressive builds - check out magformers.co.uk/about/creativity/
Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review. All the views expressed here are our own.