My Own Message Board

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Total Time 1 hour Ages toddler

Have you noticed how magnets seem to attract kids like, well, magnets? Capitalize on that fixation with a magnetic memo board right in your child's room.

Download My Own Message Board Template Download My Own Message Board Template 2

What you'll need

  • Metal baking sheet with a hole in one of the handles
  • Magnetic letters (or, make your own toddler-friendly ones, see Step 4)
  • Adhesive-backed paper (or regular paper and nontoxic tacky glue)
  • Extra-thick craft foam
  • Scissors

How to make it

  1. Purchase an inexpensive metal baking sheet with a hole in one of the handles, then hang it at tot eye level with an adhesive or screw-in hook.

  2. Add a set of magnetic letters and write away. You might compose a daily note -- "It is sunny"-- to read to your child in the morning. When she writes back, you'll surely figure out that "Snolum" means "Let's go to the park!"

  3. Since many store-bought magnets are for kids over the age of three, we came up with this toddler-friendly version. Download our two-page template (see Step 4) and print it onto adhesive-backed paper.

  4. Alphabet templates to download:

    Alphabet Template Part 1

    Alphabet Template Part 2

  5. step 5

    Stick each sheet onto extra-thick craft foam. (Or print the alphabet on regular paper and attach it to the foam with nontoxic tacky glue.) With the foam facing up, use scissors to cut apart the letters, then cut apart a sheet of adhesive-backed magnets and affix 1 to the back of each letter. (You may want to make doubles of common consonants and vowels.)

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