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 Do you have these animal magnets or something like them? When my toddler was younger and received them for Christmas, he loved just putting them on and taking them off — they make an irresistible slapping sound that can cause some serious giggles. 😉

Pretty soon, though, he wanted Mama to play with him. As is probably a common parenting theme, we both get a little tired of the same games over and over. You’ve gotta be creative when you don’t have a TV. So occasionally I try to switch things up. Just for some fun today, I am sharing 11 ideas that we’ve come up with. These vary by age-appropriateness, but hopefully you can use some of them!

The magnet set we have may be different than yours, but you get the idea!

11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

 

11 Ways You Can Use Those Magnet Animals

1. Sort by Color

Put reds in one corner, blues in another, etc.11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

2. Can It Fit in Your Car Seat?

Some of this is subjective, of course, depending on if we’re talking about a baby tiger or a Daddy tiger, but you get the idea. “Yeses” on the left and “Nos” on the right!11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

3. Can You Pet It?

This one can be awfully funny!11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

4. Which One is Upside Down?

Have your child face the other way while you flip one around. When they face the board again, they have to find the upside down animal.11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

5. Which One is Missing?

Depending on your child’s age, you could begin with any number. If they’re quite young, start with three magnets on the board. When they’re turned around, remove one. When they face the board again, see if they can remember which one used to be there!11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

6. Make Shapes

I suppose this one could get more complicated the older the child, but we stick with circles and triangles for the most part.11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

7. Which Ones Have Legs?

Legs to one side…Legless to the other!11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

8. Does It Know How to Swim?

This one was funny because uncertainty caused us to google several of them. Turns out, there are actual vacation spots to swim with pigs! I didn’t even know pigs could swim before, so, see, this is even educating to the parents. 😉11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

9. Sort by Type (Reptile, Mammal, etc.)

This obviously isn’t for my two-year-old, but pretty soon…11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

10. Which One Starts With the Letter __?

You could have them pull off ones that start with letters you announce, bunch them together by certain letter groups, separate those that start with vowels, or any number of ideas for using the spellings of the animal names.11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

11. Bring Me One

This is the most general one and can be the most fun. The variety makes it unpredictable for the child, which keeps them on their toes! Sit back and request various things:

  • Bring me one with sharp teeth
  • Bring me one with a yellow background
  • Bring me one that says moo
  • Etc.11 ways you can use toy magnetic animals with your child. Parenting for the win!

So that’s all I’ve been able to think up so far! Do you have other ways you use these magnetic animals? Do tell!

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