Amelia is now at that age where she is learning something new every day. Babies and toddlers brains are like sponges, soaking up every ounce of information that runs by it each and every day. I have been looking at ways to encourage her to learn new things and show an interest in learning. We recently bought some big fridge magnets and placed them on the refrigerator. I also bought many colourful and animal ones to make things more interesting.
Playing with magnets stimulates active curiosity and visual memory, and it's also a great introduction to science! The activity helps build fine motor skills as your toddler grasps and moves the magnets around on the fridge. They could have hours of fun! There are also many other uses for magnets and learning. You could make some art with using the magnets and get your toddler to create a drawing using paper plates. Place a magnet underneath the plate with paint on top and move it around to create a masterpiece.
There are many ways for you to interact with your toddler, you could encourage them to sort and rearrange the magnets by colour, size, shape and similarity, get them to spell the alphabet or count to 10. As they get older you could ask them to name the magnets, and you can also get object magnets to do this.
I am thinking of making some magnets with photo's of the family for example, daddy, me, her grandparents, and uncles so she had to identify who they are. It's a fantastic way for them to learn who's who in the family tree!
Below is a short video explaining the four key rules of magnetism. A fantastic way to teach older children about how magnets work. If you are looking for magnets you can find a large selection at First4magnets.com.
Does your toddler like playing with magnets?
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