Toddler Activities: Make Your Own Magnet Game

Make your own magnet game | Childhood 101

It’s raining here again today. Time to bring out something new, or in this case, make something new!

Immy is a big fan of Charlie and Lola books (by Lauren Child) and many of the books come with stickers that you can stick into the book to enhance the illustrations but we never got around to sticking them in (mainly because I know my sticker loving toddler would be trying to peel them off again and in the process ruin the book!)

So I have stored the stickers away and today had the bright idea of making them into magnets for Immy to play with. It was as simple as sticking the stickers onto those free promotional fridge magnets you seem to collect without really trying to and then cutting them out.

Make your own magnet game from stickers and advertising magnets | Childhood 101
Now we can use the pieces to make up our own Charlie and Lola stories, either on the fridge or on a magnet board. Of course, you can use any type of stickers and your game doesn’t have to be for making stories. I can see sets of vehicle or fish stickers transformed into a fun fridge counting game or two sets of identical stickers used to make a matching game. Either way, it will make for a simple and fun toddler game time :)

P.S. If you don’t have a magnet board try a baking tray, works just as well!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for that idea. I too am a Kinder teacher with young children, and have been saving all my magnets as I knew they would come in useful for something special!

  2. fantastic idea.

  3. great idea
    get lots of those magnets in the junk mail (usually real estates) but if you dont have/run out of then the $2 shops sell a flat sheet of magnet that you can glue them on to.
    LOVE charlie and lola. great books. We also have Charlie and Lola Go Fish and a board game (pink milk) that is lots of fun

  4. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for the idea!

  5. We love Charlie and Lola too, but I think we have used all our stickers :(

    GREAT idea though … I think I am going to see what things I can find and check out if I have any of my magnet making stuff left because I can see hours of fun in this! It will be the new fuzy felt! :D

  6. Tammy James says:

    We did this a few weeks ago with Thomas the tank engine chipboard pieces too. Stickers are a fun way to do it.

  7. Great idea! I was thinking at the beginning of the post that it sounded like fun, but I didn't want to go out and track down magnet sheets. But using those promotional ones is just brilliant. We also just got our new phone books, and there are always a couple on there. I end up tossing out a lot, but now I have a much better use for the stickers and the magnets!

  8. Jackie H. says:

    Awesome idea!! I have a 2 yo… loves stickers but wants to restick them 1,000 times. The stickers end up in tiny pieces. We're def. going to try this!!!

  9. If you want a large magnet board, use an oil drip pan. (I got one at WalMart.) It looks like a large cookie sheet. I prop my against a wall or table and the kids have loads of space to play.

  10. Barbra Stephens says:

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing!

  11. katepickle says:

    Magnets are very popular in our house… we have a few commercial sets (a really cool house set and Mr Potato heads) and some made with photos of our family and friends. LOVE the idea of using stickers tho – how quick and easy!

  12. Christie - Childhood 101 says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments, and Scott – the oil drip tray idea is fantastic, I would never have thought of that :)

  13. MaryAnne says:

    This is such a fabulous idea! When I saw the top picture I was thinking you had bought printable magnetic paper; your sticker on free magnet sheets method is much better!

  14. Our Park Life says:

    What a great idea! We too have been playing with magnets all week. Last Saturday I went out shopping by myself and stumbled across a gorgeous little retro alphabet magnet set. Mini Hoges has been enjoying the pictures on the alphabet magnets and Junior Hoges has been enjoying practicing his spelling and making sentences. Even I have been leaving cute little messages for Hoges.
    I like the sticker idea though…I will definitely give that one a go!

  15. Erin @ Letter Soup says:

    This is such a great idea!

  16. How did I live before I found this website lol?!! Thanks for this brilliant idea :) Love your diorama too x

  17. Super-clever idea!!

    My Mr3 adores Charlie and Lola too except we only have the German version (my husband is German) and if we’re ever somewhere else and hear the English version I find their voices so annoying! So it is “Charlie UND Lola” for us, all the way.

  18. There’s something magical about magnets! This is a great idea. The kids could also draw their own pictures and turn them into magnets–then use them to create their own stories.

  19. What a great idea to upcycle those annoying promotional magnets! Genius! (Pinned. xx)


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