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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 Those Magnet Animals
1. Sort by Color
2. Can It Fit in Your Car Seat?
3. Can You Pet It?
4. Which One is Upside Down?
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!
6. Make Shapes
7. Which Ones Have Legs?
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. 😉
9. Sort by Type (Reptile, Mammal, etc.)
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. 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:
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!