I really can’t wait to teach my toddler to read. It’s definitely early, but we work on pre-literacy skills all the time.
This week, we have been reviewing a Magnetic Poetry Kit, and I came up with a matching game activity.
I grabbed a few of the concrete noun words from the Magnetic Poetry Kit, and created a chart that had a picture of each word with space below for the magnet.
Then, I asked my son to “find the hat” and hand him the appropriate magnet. He stuck the magnet underneath the correct picture, labeling each one. He got excited to find the right picture to match the word. And even “tested” me by trying to put the word on the fridge upside-down on purpose. We played several times before he got tired of it.
I think this activity would be better for older children who already recognize sight words. Yet I think my son started to grasp literacy concepts that each image has a word associated with it, and that letters / words have to be upright in order to be read.
I have long used Magnetic Poetry kids in my classroom and home refrigerator to cultivate a love of wordplay… the word tiles are fun to move around, encourage creativity, and are educational at the same time!
We reviewed the First Words Kit by Magnetic Poetry. 140 tiles of the most common sight words and prefix / suffixes. The print and tiles are larger in this kit, making them great for small hands. Packaged in a reusable tin, you have the perfect container for taking your Magnetic Poetry on the go – kids can compose sentences and poems on the inside or outside!
At this age with my son, I found myself wishing for more concrete noun words in the kit, so I could make more little games like described above. This kit had many more suffix ending tiles than I would have expected for a first words collection. It’s intended for ages 4 and up, so we are definitely using it with our son young.
Regardless of which words I personally would have wanted (wouldn’t it be great to create a custom-words kit!!), this Magnetic Poetry kit is a fantastic way to develop your kids’ love of language and poetry! And I guarantee if you stick these tiles on your fridge, even the adults will be creating lines of poetry soon enough!
Magnetic Poetry sells a great selection of kits catering to different themes, ages, interests, including foreign language kits! They even have a magnetic chore chart set, and a few magnetic playset scenes:
All Magnetic Poetry items are well-packaged (perfect for gifts), and reasonably priced from about $8-20. Check their website for frequent discounts and sales!! Like Magnetic Poetry on Facebook too!
If you can’t wait to get your hands on some Magnetic Poetry – you can play online right now! Check out their virtual magnetic poetry games – sooo much fun and you can even email your finished poem to yourself or a friend!
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Thanks to Magnetic Poetry for sending an item to review and offering this great giveaway! All opinions are my own and 100% honest.