Toddler Toys: Magnetic Letters and Animals
Toddler toys that are magnetic are often a big hit. Why not get some letters and let the learning happen naturally through play? Your biggest decision is
which type of letters are best suited for your child.
Select magnetic items carefully as there has been instances where it can become a safety hazard when magnets are exposed and come loose.
Always check for recalls and consider purchasing all magnet items new from a reputable retailer.
Letter and Name Recognition
Put child's name at top of board. Point and say child's name. It will help to attach meaning to the letters.
Tape on your childs name and have them find the letters to match
Practice Alphabetical Order
Line up the magnetic letters on board in alphabetical order.
For children still recognizing the order, tape up an desk strip or print out the alphabet.
Trace magnets on paper, tape to the magnetic surface and let child match the letters.
Introducing Letter Sounds
Find magazine pictures of single objects like a ball or cookie, something the child is familiar with and tape to the board.
Then have your child find the initial letter or even spell the word with the magnetic letters next to the picture.
These animals have a magnet which conforms to the entire shape of the piece.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
Buy a set of letters and/or numbers made by a reputable company. Since swallowing magnets can be very dangerous, this is one toy I'd highly recommend
purchasing new and from a reputable retailer.
See here for suggestions on a Magnetic Easel
which is a great item to use in conjunction with magnetic letters and animals.
Our Choice is Leap Frog Fridge Phonics
have magnetic letters in upper case and an expansion pack
Leap Frog Lower Case
that have magnets which are enclosed. These work in the Leap Frog units as well as on any magnetic surface.
Child assigns meaning and importance to letters.
My daughter is spelling the word C A T while watching the Word Factory DVD by Leap Frog.
The letters shown here are from Lakeshore, an educational supply store that sells quality products made in the US. They offer letters in