I like things simple and easy. And if I can use something for another purpose, then I’m all for it.
That is why I want to rave about REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS!
Who would have thought that these cute decors could double as fine motor skills toy?!
Usually , we have fridge magnets as decors. For some, these are reminders of places we’ve been to (travel souvenirs, anyone?)
Aside from being decorative, we also use it for practical purposes such as a place to keep our restaurant flyers and reminders. PAY BILLS TOMORROW- I’m sure you can relate. 😀
But months ago, my sister found another purpose for fridge magnets.
She used it as an activity to keep my nephew busy. And it worked!
When Seb was only 10 months old, he would often sit in front of the fridge and play with the magnets.
He found joy in moving the magnets around and sticking them together. He found it so enjoyable that he got motivated to stand to reach for the other magnets.
And before we knew it, Seb can already stand- with his hands on the fridge door, of course.
Up until this day, Seb still likes to play with the fridge magnets. From time to time, he would still stop by in front of the fridge and move around the magnets there.
I think, whoever thought of fridge magnet as a toy for toddlers is a genius! It is such a simple decor and yet it offers a lot of benefits to children.
Magnet play stimulates active curiosity. The way it relentlessly sticks on the metal surface is surely fascinating for children. It’s definitely a great introduction to science. Although at this point, I am not in a hurry to discuss with my little nephew about how magnets work. :/
Plus, magnets build fine motor skills as toddlers grasp and move the magnet around. And if you have read my earlier posts, you’d know by now that I believe in introducing fine motor activities early to children.
Warning though, having your child play with magnets could potentially scratch your fridge door.
There is a high probability that the magnet could damage the fridge door as it gets dragged around by your toddler’s hands.
You can just imagine what our fridge door looks like now!
If you are not keen on having scratches all over your refrigerator, I suggest that you find other surfaces that the magnets could stick to.
Sometimes we let Seb play with the magnet on our gate. So he can play with them outdoors.
But honestly, the scratches are nothing compared to the memories and skills that your child will acquire along the way. And for this reason, we just let Seb enjoy the magnets on the fridge door. We can always replace the fridge anyway, but we can never turn back time. He’ll never be a pudgy toddler again. <3
So there you go, do try this activity yourself and let me know how it goes. 🙂
Keep an eye on your toddler as he/she plays with the fridge magnets to prevent swallowing.
And make sure you remain within reach while your child is attempting to stand (especially if it’s his/her first time.)
Before I posted this, I came across this news article from the New York Times about a boy who swallowed TWO magnets. YIKES!
Personally, I still think that fridge magnets are relatively safe for toddlers as long as there is proper guidance.
Common sense dictates that you don’t leave your child unattended while playing with something that could easily fit his/her mouth, right?
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