A B C D E F G…I catch myself singing this tune more often than I want to admit. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping my son learn and develop, but lately we seem to be doing the exact same thing every. single. day with toys and activities. It has felt like groundhog day around here and I am going a bit bonkers! Thankfully, reorganizing C’s bookcase a few weeks ago led me to dust off his alphabet magnet board.
When we lived in Arlington, VA I was inspired to create this magnet board after perusing the aisles of Home Goods. Our refrigerator looked like the back of an old VW bus covered in bumper stickers, but instead our fridge was covered with letters, animals and car magnets. C was interested in the fridge magnets for a hot second. So, I figured if I buy this magnet board I can easily change up the magnets that are on it and bring it in and out of the toy rotation to help keep his interest. That definitely worked, but after our winter move up to Newport I just never got around to dusting this bad boy off.
During one of C’s most recent mama up, mama up rants while I was trying to cook dinner, it clicked! I will hang the board in our kitchen, at his level, where he can choose to play independently or interact with me while I cook. We play the “letter game” where I ask him to bring me a certain letter, he finds it, brings it to me and then we do that all over again…24 or so times. It’s actually really cute to see how excited he gets when he picks up the letter and brings it to me. He is so proud!
If you’re looking for a different type of alphabet or spelling activity to do with your kiddo, I would definitely suggest giving this a try. Here are the items you’ll need and a few ideas for where to find them. Oh and you can probably do all of this for under $20 depending on where you buy the supplies.
Toddler Alphabet Magnet Board
- Purchase a framed magnet board from a place like Home Goods, Hobby Lobby or similar that has a hanging rope/wire or the option to attach one. If you’re a real Martha you can make your own with an old frame. 😉
- Purchase alphabet magnets. I bought mine from Amazon.com, but I’m sure you could look at Target or even your local toy store.
- Break out the hammer, a nail and anchor that board to the wall at toddler level.
**Mama Tip – Keep only one set of magnets out at a time. When your wee one is bored with letters, pack them up and bring out the farm animal magnets or shape magnets.
A simple, easy and inexpensive way to help your toddler learn their alphabet while giving you the opportunity to get a few things done at the same time. Gotta love multitasking as a mama!
What types of non-traditional toys have you created for your kiddo?
Cheers | Kate