Thursday, November 21, 2013

Manipulatives: Homemade Magnets

This has to be one of the easiest projects I did when I was making our own home school toys and supplies.  These are home made refrigerator magnets.

Supplies used:

- Craft Magnets (Wal-Mart $2 or $3)
- Hot glue gun (Dollar store)
- Glue gun sticks (Dollar Store)
- Buttons
- Pom Poms (Dollar store)
- Glass stones (Dollar store)
- Rocks (polished)
- Popscicle sticks (Dollar Store)

I simply took a magnet, and used the hot glue gun to glue items I thought she might find interesting into place (be careful, that glue and tip of the glue gun is hot)!

Super simple and easy.  It took me about 5 minutes to make a large zip lock bag full of these.  She uses the popscicle sticks to make houses, she sorts the pom poms (we call them bunny tails) and plays with the various buttons and polished rocks.  You could also use small sea shells, coffee stirrers, bottle caps, and Legos.

Caution: Small magnets like these are not an ideal toy for kids under 5 or 6.  If your child might put them in their mouth, don't give these to your child.  If he or she swallows a magnet, there will be serious repercussions!

These magnets do make a great manipulative however, and she has a lot of fun with them, especially when she takes a break from school work while I'm making lunch or getting the next activity ready.

Questions?  Comments?  What else would you add to these magnets to make them fun and interesting for your kids?  Let us know in a comment!  We love to hear from you!

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1 comment:

  1. These look like so much fun! These could be used so many different ways.