I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out a better way of storing all of our magnetic learning toys. You know- fridge alphabet magnets, magnetic poetry kits, and all those great Leap Frog toys whose pieces inevitably end up missing or getting kicked under the refrigerator.
We purchased this Leap Frog Alphabet Fridge set for Lyra for Christmas because our previous one was missing too many pieces, and I was dying to see if they would hold on our magnet board. You can read about our awesome in-your-face magnet board here.
As you can see it holds up perfectly. Interesting side note– We recently found out that we can write on our board with wet erase markers (FYI – dry erase markers required too much elbow grease) which adds a whole new entertaining dimension to our spelling lessons. (We stopped using red markers of all sorts because they leave a reddish residue behind that is a nightmare to get off.)
The board is big enough that I can easily make room for my youngsters to explore with their “toys” while Mira’s spelling tiles can be placed out-of-reach along the top.
Back to our Leap Frog alphabets- the board does hold their weight with no problems but I hesitated throwing all 26 letters on it at one time. The magnet board is in a central walkway and I had visions of letters tossed chaotically underfoot. So for awhile I just left out three or four letters at a time. That meant I had to store the remaining letters somewhere out of the kids’ reach but not so far out of reach that I would forget where I put them (does this occur in your homeschool as much as mine?).
Then Howard came up with an awesome idea. A mini magnet board!
One cheapo baking sheet purchase later and ta-da!
A portable traveling alphabet game that can come with us on car rides, doctor’s office visits, sleep-overs at Nanny and Grandpa’s…. Oh, the possibilities!
The big magnet board is still the primary playing area where we always keep a few letters. But it’s nice to have the remaining letters accessible in a place where I can readily grab specific letters without having to dig through a box or into a bag.