We all have that one DIY project we are proud of (along with quite a few others that we aren’t so proud of). Mine happens to be a project for my kids that keeps them entertained (so I have a few minutes of peace) and helps them expand on their imaginations.
A Little Back Story
I teach ESL to the most adorable kids in China in the early mornings while my kids sleep. The kids I teach love having reward during class. Another teacher shared an awesome idea for a classroom background that included a magnet board. I loved the idea and set one up for my background. My students love my rewards and it is so cheap to make and use the rewards. Long story short, my kids also love it and I always find them in my teaching supplies trying to play with my magnet board. Because of this, I decided to set up their own board in their room (mostly so they would stay out of my stuff hehe). It was super easy which is saying lot because I am NOT crafty.
The Magnet Board Supplies
1. A sheet of “galvanized metal” from Home Depot or Lowe’s. (The two sheets I got are 18″ wide by 12″ tall.)
3. Small/flat Neodymium Magnets
These magnets are the best. They are super small and super strong!
5. A Printer
6. Packing Tape
How To Make The Board
1. Stick mounting tape to the back of the metal and hang sheet(s) in desired location.
2. Make the character magnets:
-I let my kids pick whatever characters they want
-Print the characters on card stock paper
-Stick a magnet (or two depending on the size of the object) on the back of the character with packing tape.
-Put the sheet in a laminator sheet and stuck it through the laminator. Yes with the magnet attached! These small magnets fit through the laminator and make it so there is no worry about loose magnets getting in to the hands of little ones.
-Cut out each character
Then viola! The kids can go forth and imagine!!!
Seriously, I am not crafty at all. The fact that I felt ok doing this little project says a lot. It was super easy and my kids will go in their room and play things on the magnet board for extended periods of time. My daughter, of course, picked unicorns, princesses, and a castle. My son picked Black Panther characters, and the baby was excited about Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The cool thing is I can add characters whenever I want too because I already have the supplies.
You can of course make the magnet board more fancy by adding a cute cover over it or a cute border around it. Maybe someday I will get to that, but for now my kids have fun. You could also drill the board to the wall, but the mounting tape we used works super well.
Go forth and create!! And let us know what other ideas you have for the magnet board or if you had a similar idea!!
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