I remember as a child always seeing the small sets of alphabet fridge magnets hanging for sale in random isles of the grocery store and wondering why they were so popular. I remember thinking how boring they seemed; I just didn’t get it.
As a teacher and a mom, I decided to take another look at them. This is how I came up with 5 activities parents can do with their kids with a set of fridge magnets.
#1- ABC Order
I think this one is the most obvious. Put the magnets in alphabetical order. Then, point to the corresponding letter as you sing the alphabet song together.
Once your child starts to know their letters, you can have them put the letters in order.
#2- Color Code
Have your child focus on the colors for this one. Have them put all of the letters in groups just based on their colors.
This activity is great for when your child starts to learn how to make patterns. Have them make patterns based on color: example- red, blue, red, blue…
Once they get good at that, you can make it more challenging by doing things like adding more colors to the mix.
#4- Sight Words
Use the magnets to have your tot practice spelling sight words and/or your child’s name.
#5-Use with Songs that Spell Words
Spell out a word like “Bingo.” Then, sing the song together. Each time you say one of the letters in the song, point to that letter.
Other good songs for this:Mickey Mouse, Respect, and