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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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38 comments

  1. I used to love these when I was a kid

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  2. I still have them on my fridge from years ago. The magnets have outlived my last 3 fridges.

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  3. my son loves playing with magnets I love playing with them when I was young I love my magnets and my board to play with when I was little my son play with it too xxx

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  4. Great to see their minds working when using magnets, it's the basic things that keep them occupied

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  5. I forgot all about these magnet letters, think I will have to get some for my daughter now xx thanks fod the reminderlol xx

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  6. got some of these lined up as a xmas pressie :)

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  7. I never had these when I was young but always saw some on other peoples fridges would love some on mine

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  8. Oh, I played with those all the time as a child. I think they'd make a great gift at Christmas or something.

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  9. My fridge still has various magnets on it and my daughter is 17...

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  10. Haven't played with magnets for years.. I'll have to check these out

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  11. Used to love these

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  12. MY daughter loves fridge magnets, she loves to arrange and rearrange them in all sorts of patterns for ages- an interior desiner in the making?

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  13. I do like magnet letters and numbers but be warned - if a dog, cat or small child ate the little black magnet that always seem to come out from them it could be fatal.

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  14. We have loads, and they turn up in very strange places!

    Laura Harris

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  15. So cute. All the bright colours. So educational.

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  16. My daughter loves moving these about on the fridge

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  17. @bella97p
    we used to have althabet magnets on the fridge

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  18. My little boy loves the magnets on our fridge. He even stole one off the fridge in the nurse's room while he was having his jabs! Didn't notice until we got home.x

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  19. My 2 have an old metal panel covered in magnets we've picked up over the years.

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  20. good post love magnets on fridges!

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  21. I like things which are educational as well as enjoyable to play with

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  22. I used to be a science teacher so I love playing with magnets!

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  23. Brilliant. We use magnetic letters in school, very useful.

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  24. I wanted nice chunky letter magnets but seem to struggle to find them... they seem a lot smaller these days....

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  25. i never had these as a child

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  26. Can't wait for my little boy to play with these

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