Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 Magnetic Activities for the Little Ones

I’ve been very excited for our family vacation to California, just not so excited about the long car ride. While planning it out, I knew I needed to come up with some great time fillers for Jace since were anticipating 28 total hours of him strapped to his car seat. I’ve been so impressed by all the cookie sheet magnetic activities I’ve seen in blog-land that I knew I needed a few for my kiddo.

Magnetic Activity 2

My time leading up to our departure was filled with cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, so anything elaborate, time consuming or super DIY was definitely out of the question. I found these adorable wooden, pre-painted animals in the Walmart craft section for only $0.57 each, which was definitely worth the time it would save me! I made a few simple trees, clouds and a sunshine out of cardstock, and stuck magnets to the back.

Magnetic Activity 1

And now Jace can make fun little scenes with his characters, as well as anything else he can imagine up.

Magnetic Activity 3

For the second activity I thought it would be a good idea to use some of the button surplus I shared with my Facebook followers the other day. And since Jace loves sorting things, I thought a color-oriented activity would be perfect. I glued strips of colored cardstock together and attached magnets to the corners on the back.

Magnetic Activity 4

Then I simply chose five buttons of each coordinating color and stuck magnets to the back of these as well.

Magnetic Activity 5

My third activity is my favorite. I found a bag of foamie stickers in sports balls shapes at Joann’s.

Magnetic Activity 6

Drew the images of four of them on a large piece of cardstock and stuck magnets on the corners.

Magnetic Activity 7

And chose five of each matching ball and put magnets on the backs of those as well. Since these are stickers and I didn’t want them sticking to anything but the magnets, I left the backs on them and just stuck the magnets to those.

For each of the activities the magnet pieces were put in ziplock baggies and the plan was to hand him the cookie sheet with the baggie and to let him do the work himself. I only pulled out the sports balls one on our way down, and he seemed to enjoy it a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing his reaction to the rest of them, and planning on pulling them out for something fun to do while we spend the week at the coast.

I’ll be back in the next day or two to show you what all I packed to keep him busy in the car and how it all worked out.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Great ideas, we have a long trip in just over a week, will have to make a few of these!

  2. I love these ideas! 28 hours is a long trip. Hope you have some actinides for yourselves.

  3. These are very inspirational and i love them for it thanks! for a wonderful post


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