*This post does contain sponsored product, however all activitie and opinions are my own.
Over the summer, I took a poll on my Instagram Stories about whether or not y’all had tried magnetic tiles. Prior to that, we had never tried them but I was overwhelmed by how many of you told me that I HAD to get my hands on some and not to wait till Christmas like I had planned. So I took your advice and I reached out to Shape Mags and asked if we could try them as I had a few ideas up my sleeve as to how I could use them for my 5 Activites 1 Material series.
You guys, I CANNOT rave enough about this toy. They arrived and I opened them after the kids went to sleep. When they woke, they saw the Shape Mags laid out on the table for them to play with. We have NEVER seen Rea so engaged with a toy in her entire life. She is obsessed and I skipped morning activities with her for two weeks because she was more than happy with me just pulling out the basket of Shape Mags.
I was also super impressed with the creations she has been able to build. We have had the Shape Mags for about a month now and they are still our number one favorite toy. They are played with daily and they were a big hit at the three different play dates they have been to.
With all that said, you know I need to put an educational twist on our toys and I instantly found multiple ways to use our Shape Mags while playing and learning. So, I am introducing our first 5 Activities with 1 Material blog post, featuring Shape Mags.
5 Activities with 1 Material – Featuring Shape Mags
Can You Build?
Challenge your preschooler with our “Can You Build” cards and ask them, “Can you build a __?” This encourages them to create and build shapes and structures. Our cards include shapes to build. There are examples using real Shape Mags and silhouettes so you can vary the difficulty level. Make sure you grab this template at the bottom of this post.
Sorting is a math skill that works on identifying, classifying, and organizing data. Those are some major skills that will help your child in so many ways. Best of all, your Shape Mags are perfect for sorting. You can sort your tiles by color or shape. Or you can make it even more challenging and sort by both categories: color and shape.
Shape Mags are colorful, so let’s use those colors to our advantage. Select 3 or 4 colored tiles (we use red, yellow, green, and blue) and ask your preschooler to find all the red items they can find in the house. Place the red items in a group with the red tile and move on to the yellow. This will have your preschooler working on colors, sorting, and it keeps them moving and engaged.
Use Shape Mags’ Magnetic Numbers or some basic sticky notes and a marker for this activity.
Place the numbers on a table and add a triangle under each number. Then invite your preschooler to add the number of squares below the triangles based on the number written.
Is It Magnetic?
On a small tray, add a variety of items, some magnetic, some not. Use a Shape Mag to test if each item is magnetic or not. You can easily turn this into a scavenger hunt and get your preschooler moving by inviting your child to test a Shape Mag on various surfaces in the house.