Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2007

Symmetry is a beautiful thing, and it's also a great lesson in geometry. That's what makes this magnetic tiling toy such a must-have. This refreshing set of manipulatives includes 96 magnetic tiles in yellow, red and blue, and a steel magnetic activity board. The tiles three shapes are types of diamonds, and their angles represent six different fractions of 360 degrees. Fractiles works on spatial relationships, visual perceptual skills, creativity and fine motor skills. Instructions are given for several puzzles and games, plus an explanation of different kinds of symmetry. But, even if the mathematics is too advanced for your fifth grader, she'll enjoy using her hands and her imagination to create an endless stream of shapes and patterns, like starbursts, spirals, and butterflies. (Fractiles, $27.45)