Toddler Tuesday: Animal Magnets

Six months ago I was able to get these awesome Melissa & Doug Animal Magnets for free from using a deal I saw posted on Money Saving Mom.  They have been a big hit with our kids!

Here are some ideas for using them for educational purposes:

  • Ask your toddler to point to each animal as you name it.
  • Ask your toddler to name each animal.  Remove correctly named animals until no animals remain.
  • Ask your toddler to make the sound each animal makes as you point to it.
  • Ask your toddler to group similar animals.  (ex. Which animals can swim in the water?)
  • Give your toddler clues to find specific animals.  (ex. Which animal goes, “Moo”?)
  • Use the animal magnets to sing a song like “Old MacDonald” or “Rise & Shine.”
  • Ask your toddler to help pick up the magnets, singing Barney’s “Clean Up Song.”

What other ways can you suggest to use animal magnets as a teaching tool?

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4 Responses to “Toddler Tuesday: Animal Magnets”

  1. Christie says:

    I love the Melissa & Doug magnets! We’ve got farm animals and dinosaur ones. Here’s an idea for if you are travelling. Take a cookie sheet in the car with the magnets. The kids can play with them on their laps!

  2. heidi says:

    my kids will love the anamils in the car

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