Guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons shares a DIY Recycled Magnets activity!
One of my son’s all time favorite books to look through is his Safari Ltd. catalog. And who could blame him? The book is awesome! So when we received the newest version, I immediately began to brainstorm ways to creatively recycle last year’s catalog and extend the fun. One of our favorite ways is to create our own magnets!
Go through your catalog and cut out images that would make great magnets. You can do this as a surprise for your child or you could let them take the lead and pick out their favorites. Next, you’ll want to laminate the cutouts for strength and durability. I used my laminating machine, but you could also use self-seal laminating pouches or contact paper. Trim the excess and all that’s left is adding the magnets! I love magnetic tape for this project because you really don’t need a big thick magnet for these and you can customize the size of the magnet for each cut-out. Plus, it’s cheap and easy! You just cut the tape to the size you need, peel off the paper backing, and stick it to your picture.
Now you have your own Safari Ltd. magnets! The process is so simple and the finished product is a lot of fun.
More Ways to Play:
Chances are, you won’t have to provide any play prompts. Kids love magnets and will surely have their own ways to play. But here’s a few ideas in case you want to change things up or sneak in some guided learning.
Pair with magnetic letters to practice letter sounds and word-building. This could be picking out initial letter sounds for younger kids or word-building and spelling practice for older kids.
Add magnetic numbers for some fun math practice. How many dinosaurs are there? How many penguins? Count, add, and subtract!
Use as storytelling prompts. This is a fun activity to do any time, but it could also make a really great boredom busting activity while you make dinner. Set your kids up at the refrigerator with a few of their magnets and ask them to tell you a story. They’ll love being close to you and you can listen to their imaginations at work as you cook.
Practice sorting and classification. Ask your kids to sort the magnets into groups. You can let them come up with their own ways of grouping the items or ask them to classify the magnets in a specific way. (Example- Mammal or reptile? Herbivore or carnivore?)
Magnets aren’t just for the fridge! Use cookie sheets for portable play.
Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is “Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey.” She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family’s favorites. You can find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd 2013