Bored kids? Get out the scrapbook supplies and they’ll have loads of fun. No, don’t make them cut photos and glue on frames. Just make the scrapbook letters magnetic and children can write whatever they want on the refrigerator. Kids who are old enough to spell will have hours of fun with the magnetic letters and numbers.
Whether you magnetize leftover letters, or you purchase complete sheets for the projects, it’s simple enough to make the sets. Just lay the letters on adhesive magnetic sheeting, then cut around them. Cut out letters of upper or lower case, numbers, and even symbols like quotation marks or question marks.
You don’t actually have to use stickers, since the magnetic sheeting has its own adhesive, which means you can use letters cut from magazines, newspapers, brochures and other items. Purchasing complete sets of letters, though, means you can lay the entire sheet onto the magnetic sheeting, then cut out the letters.
Be sure the letters and numbers you choose are large enough so that young kids won’t struggle to pick them up and move them around on the fridge. Choose large, colorful letters for plenty of fun.
If the letter set will be a gift, you can spell out a phrase, or a poem, then wrap it in plastic wrap. The kids can later rearrange the poem or phrase, and form their own. You can also just purchase three or four sets of the same letters, then add the adhesive magnets. That way, there are plenty of letters for the kids to spell whatever they wish.
An alternative to the letters is to make magnetic words. Cut words from magazines, cereal boxes, books, and other sources, then put the words to magnet. Take complete pages and stick them to the magnet, then cut them out.
You can add pictures to go with the words, if you want. For example, the child can write a sentence about a basketball, but instead of spelling “basketball”, there can be a picture of a basketball that can be inserted where the word would go.
Include the names of the kids that will be playing with the magnets, or cut letters that allow them to spell their names. Include names of pets, schools, the child’s street address, names of teachers, friends, and other common things, familiar to the child.
You can add to the set at any time simply by cutting more letters, or purchasing more stickers, then adding them to the magnetic sheeting. The set looks best, though, if all the pieces are cut from the same type of media, or are made from the same type of stickers.
You’ll find the magnetic sheet at craft and department stores. Many stores carry it on a roll which will make literally dozens and dozens of letters, numbers and small pictures. The rolls usually cost about ten dollars and one roll can make several sets of the letters.
Well, now that you know how to cure the boredom for your kids, it’s time to get busy making the magnetic sets. Kids can help stick the letters onto the magnetic sheeting, and older kids can help cut out the zillions of letters, numbers or words. Although the project is slightly time-consuming, once you’re done, your kids will never get bored again!