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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sticks-n-Stuff (magnetic board fun)

My son loves his magnet board and I was thinking of a way to make it more creative - rather than the store made magnetic accessories he already has.  I used some recycled materials and other things that my son chose himself.  Its a simple idea and activity, but it lead to about an hour of play and creativity.  Enjoy!

- AK (MESE, MECD)

 Tops from containers, gems, popsicle sticks, magnet strip, scissors, super glue


I also used magnetic circles (for the gems).  I super glued these on the night before because I didnt want my son accidentally sticking his fingers together.


Super glue magnetic circles on gems


 Items added to board


 "I made a house"  (he asked me to help him make a house and I facilitated without taking over)


 "Its a flower and a house"


 "Now its a sunshine and a house."


 "I need to make a propeller and an airplane."


 "Look, Mommy, its an AIRPLANE with a propeller"  (this he did on his own)


You can even form letters (I did this after he was done playing to show a more "academic" alternative)

:)

11 comments:

  1. Did you make your own magnetic board?

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  2. Where do you get the magnetic strip from?

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  3. at our county fair they had those plastic gears glued to magnets- my son spent forever playing with these. Just another idea! Thank you for all of your!!!

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  4. Lovely! I'd also like to know if you made your own magnetic board. It looks awesome :)

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  5. this looks easy and so fun! i have more than enough random stuff around the house. thanks for the ideas!

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  6. Yes, I made my own magnet board (well, my husband made it). Its framed sheet metal. I got the magnet strip from Michaels (I think they have them at Walmart as well). - AK

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  7. Wouldn't it be great to add those little pipecleaners!?

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  8. Where did you get the board? Like the sheet metal?

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  9. We got the sheet metal from ACE Hardware and my husband just framed it with some trim. - AK

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  10. just bought a magnetic dry-erase board for $3 (2'x2') on clearance! Thinking Christmas present with some homemade magnets! :)

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