How to make story magnets
Chances are you’ve seen those packs of magnetised numbers, letters and words posing as adult fridge magnets.
These story magnets or magnetic storyboards are perfect for childcare learning centers to as they assist in learning experiences with the children and are loved by kids.
Story magnets are a great way to get young minds going with free-flow word pictures. They provide children with the necessary visual imagery to reconstruct the events of a story. These storyboards help them in linking the concepts from the story to their own wide world.
These story-telling resources are a must have for early childhood teachers and parents alike as they give preschoolers the opportunity to learn through diverse methods and makes learning interactive. The good news is you don’t have to pay inflated toy shop prices; you can easily create your own.
4 easy steps to make story magnets
- Choose a favourite kids book and photocopy all the best pictures and word sections
- Glue the pictures to cardstock and cut them out
- Do the same with the words and cut them out in groups or individually
- Finally, glue small fridge magnets to the back of each piece
Voila! It’s that easy! Magnetic stories ready to be maneuvered any which way around your fridge door by young creative minds eager to take a favourite story and make it their own.
And, don’t worry; you can always buy a cheap magnet board if you’d rather not have the kids perched endlessly in front of the fridge when you’re trying to prepare dinner.
Ideas for magnetic story printables
How many kids’ stories are there? How many play-scene books are there? For that matter, how many fun and easily printable images are there on the internet? Spend half an hour creating a set of story magnets and you’ve got a sure fire way to keep the kids happy while you have a well-earned cuppa.
Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham is a great one. Eternally popular children’s writer Dr. Seuss created the wonderful ‘rhymathon’ Green Eggs and Ham using only 50 small words. Can your kids take those same 50 words and give them their own stroke of genius?
Looking for ways to keep your toddler engaged? Read our blog post on 5 Teaching Activities for Toddlers.
Choose your characters, take your pick!
Why not get your kids taking Dora the Explorer on brand new adventures across your fridge door or magnet board? How about Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto? The kids could have loads of fun with their antics. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things are, and stories from Roald Dahl’s collection. The list is endless.
The more stories you create, the more dimensions your kids will have to explore inside each story. Mix it up with key pictures, words, and phrases. Just as good, let the kids create their own stories. They can choose their favourite pictures and write their own words on the cards.