10 Preschool Activities with Magna-tiles

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Magna-tiles are one of the most versatile preschool toys that we have encountered in my son’s early childhood. From 18 months old onwards, my son played with Magna-tiles at least once a week. He was able to work on a host of fine motor skills, problem solving skills, spatial skills, concentration and persistence. The educational benefits are endless. Through using Magna-tiles for preschool activities, he learned all about colors, shapes, patterns and imaginative play. In this post, I want to introduce to you 10 of our best preschool educational activities using Magna-tiles.

Do you have children of different ages at home?

I have ordered the activity on this list in chronological order so that you can introduce different activities to children of different age groups.

Personal Story

Like any toddler boy, for a long time, my son had very short attention spans. He was over active and mostly occupied with gross motor activities. Ever since, I started presenting him with Magna-tiles activities at the age of 18 months, his attention span have lengthened significantly. On top of that, he was able to correctly identify all his colors at the age of 2 years old. His fine motor skill was very poor before the age of 2. But, through failing over and over again to put structures together with the magna-tiles, he was able to successfully build structures with help at the age of 2.5 years old. As you can see, children learn fast when presented with a challenge. The key is to not give up. Most of all, we were able to bond over Magna-tile activities as a family. These days, my son routinely go to the toy shelf and request that I bring out the Magna-tiles so that we can play together. The time spent building with him is priceless.

Identifying & Naming Colors and Shapes

  • 18 months to 3 years old
  1. Introduce two blocks of the same shape and same color. Name the color for your child. Name the shape for your child. (see pic 1)

Differentiating between Colors and Shapes

  • 18 months to 3 years old
  1. Introduce one block of one color and one block of different color. Name both colors individually. (see feature pic)
  2. Introduce one block of one shape and one block of one shape. Name both shapes individually. (see feature pic)

Investigate the World Through Magna-tiles

  • 18 months to 3 years old
  1. Ask your child to take one tile of any color and look through it.
  2. Play a game of “Peek-a-boo” through looking through the Magna-tiles from both ends. (see feature pic)

Creating a Simple Pattern

  • 2 years old to 3 years old
  1. Create a 3 block pattern such as Square and Triangle. Ask your child to copy the pattern.
  2. Extend the pattern as needed with more shapes and colors as the child grows older. (see feature pic)

Creating a 3D Shape

  • 2 years old to 3 years old
  1. Create a cube for your child.
  2. Store a small figurine inside the cube.
  3. Ask your child to open the cube to investigate what is inside.
  4. Let your child play with the cube.

Experience Magnetic Polarity with Two Magna-tiles

  • 2 years old to 3 years old
  1. Let your child practice sticking the tiles together and pulling it apart.
  2. Let your child practice standing the tiles up right on another tile.
  3. Your child will fail and try again. Your child will intuitively learn about magnetic properties of attraction and repulsion.

Creating a shape out of two different shapes

  • 2 years old to 3 years old
  1. Create a square using two triangles and put it next to an actual square block.
  2. Show your child that shapes can create more shapes

Creating a 2D Flat Structure

  • 2 years old to 3 years old
  1. Creating a house is a great example of using a triangle on top of a rectangle.
  2. You can also create animal heads with shapes.
  3. You can create a hexagon using all the triangle tiles.
  4. Show your child possibilities in pattern creation.

Building a Standing Structure

  • 3 years old to 5 years old
  1. Start by building a one level house with compartments with your child.
  2. Gradually build up to building a castle with your child.
  3. Let your child knock over the structure and try again.

Imaginative Play

  • 3 years old to 5 years old
  1. Let your child design and build a castle from scratch. (see pic 6)
  2. Give your child figurines to play inside the castle.

I hope that with this list of Magna-tile activities, you will be able to create magical moments with your children at home.

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