Magnetic Pattern Blocks {{great for home & TRAVEL}}

Do you remember a few weeks ago, I invited you sweet readers to join me in blogging, right here on my blog?  Yeah, not to take over the blog…..but to fill in the gaps that I’m not using anyway?  Some of you would have fun here, I just know it! :)  (If you have no clue what I’m talking about……read this entire post.  It may put a few dollars in your pocket!)  I have had a huge response so far.  As in, I still haven’t read through every form. (But I’m close!)  But don’t let that deter you from signing up.  I can always hang onto them and pull from them when needed.  Anyway, if you’re interested, you have until Dec 15th to fill out a form.  And then sometime next week, I’ll be in contact with several of you (I’m still trying to work out the details of how many)……to see if you’d be interested in hopping on board, starting in January.  Sound fun?

 

Oh yeah, and my patterns are still on sale until tomorrow night (Dec 14th)………for $3.00 each.  That’s more than 50% off for most of them! :)

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I have something super simple to share today.  That would, ahem, also make a GREAT Christmas gift!  (Shout out to all the slackers out there……who are on my procrastinator team!)  And the idea come from watching my 5 year old, Connor, fascinated with magnets.  He loves to build, construct, watch pieces fit together………and then destroy!  Destruction is in the male gene, I’m sure of it.  (Just like car sound effects are in the male gene.  If you’re a female, go on, try to make a really cool semi truck sound.  Are you as lousy at that as I am??  My husband thoroughly enjoys teasing my attempts at sound effects.  Boo to him. ;) )

 

Anyway, back to the magnets.

 

I have been wanting more creative toys that Connor can play with, especially when he’s having quiet time (which is solo play, in his own room…..after lunch).

 

So, I bought some wooden pattern blocks…..and some heavy duty magnets.  And I’m going to let this kid create his little heart out.

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In the meantime (and while Connor was at school), I let Chloe try them out.  And you know, they were a hit for her as well….even though she’s only two.

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I know there’s nothing super genius about adding a magnet to a block……but it’s actually a lot easier to create patterns and designs, without it getting messed up by slightly nudging it.  This saves a lot of little kiddo frustration!

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Plus, this would be a great travel toy.  Toss the wooden blocks in a bag and set the cookie sheet on their lap.  Anything to help pass the time of a long trip…….is VERY worth it! :)

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Or, add some to the fridge (ours is only magnetized on the sides)…….and let your little ones create masterpieces while you’re cooking dinner.

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Nothing magic about this……

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But the fun of magnets, mixed with colors and shapes………equals lots of creative designing fun! :)

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Want a few tips to make your own Magnetic Pattern Blocks?

 

 

Like I said above, there’s nothing that tricky about this project……but here’s what I used and where I purchased my supplies.

 

First of all, I bought a big ol’ bucket of blocks off amazon for $20.  I didn’t add magnets to all of them……so we can save the other blocks for another project.  Or a rainy day for kiddos! :)

 

And, I bought my magnets at Wal-Mart but found them much cheaper later on, at Amazon for about a quarter of the price!  (I didn’t even bother with the thin peel and stick magnets or the sheets of magnets…..because I figured the blocks would be too heavy for that type.  So I skipped the headache.)

 

Also, I didn’t use hot glue because I didn’t want to chance it peeling off and then having random magnets around the house.  So, I went with epoxy glue.  My favorite kind is Amazing Goop, the craft variety.  It’s crazy strong stuff! :)

 

I just added blobs of glue onto the magnets and then stuck them right onto one side of the blocks.

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While drying, be sure to keep them all separate so that the magnets don’t pull on each other and mess up your magnet placement.

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And if the glue oozes out a little, no worries.  This will just anchor the magnet down a little more.

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Also, you don’t want the magnet to hang over any of the edges of your blocks (or else the blocks won’t fit tightly together when you’re making designs).  To remedy this, I used 2 pairs of vice grips and pinched two opposite edges of a magnet and snapped it in half.  To fit the smaller blocks, I had to chip off a little extra of some of the corners of the magnets.

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And that was it.

 

Now, time for some fun!

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

 

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18 Responses to “Magnetic Pattern Blocks {{great for home & TRAVEL}}”
  1. 1

    Wow! Great idea! I can’t tell you how much I love this. So simple…why didn’t I think of that :)

  2. 2
    Mandy says:

    Love this! I have a bunch of those shapes already but they never get used because my girls get frustrated with them moving around so much. Thanks for the great idea!

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    Mónika says:

    I have just prepared something similar to my daughters, the difference is that I used “decoration rubber” (I am sure you don’t call it like this in English, but I have no idea and I translated the Hungarian expression) and didn’t attach magnets, but made a great number of rhombuses and they love it. If you have 2 minutes to see it: http://moniezmegaz.blogspot.hu/search/label/mozaik
    I also prefer natural materials like wood, but I really needed a LOT of pieces and I had this “rubber” at home…

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    Camille says:

    Hi! love the idea, your kids would love love magna tiles!!

  5. 5

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Porter Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent
    work!

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    Jill says:

    When I taught kindergarten, I had magnetic pattern blocks that I used on my white board. They are made of foam and have a thin magnetic layer on the back. You can buy them at teacher supply stores, or on amazon if you don’t want to do the work of making your own :)

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    Lynette says:

    Those are great! I think I will need to keep this on my list for my son as he gets older. Thanks for the easy idea. :)

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    Jenya says:

    We have relative in a town nearly 5 hours drive away from us. Something like this will keep Little Monkey occupied for some time I am sure :) She just got a little castle game – a cheap game where kids get to build a castle out of bits and pieces provided… After reading your post I am tempted to ‘marry’ those bits and pieces of castles with bits and pieces of our fridge magnets (that we have more than we need anyway)… hm…

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    Gail says:

    This is a great idea. But here is a CAUTION!!! It can be very dangerous for a child to swallow one or more magnets. They can get caught in the intestines, and if there are more than one down there, they can stick together. It can be very serious.

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    millie green says:

    I will definitely be doing this gift, thanks! Ashley, I filled out your form and I linked you to several of my blogs, but I got the “newest” blog link wrong on your form, excuse me! The correct link to Making Stuff Up is entered here instead! Happy Holidays to your family!

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    Jennifer says:

    I cannot wait to make these!!! The craft bug has surely bitten me again, and I have a TON of ideas in my head. It’s been almost a year since I had anything in my etsy shop (not planning on putting the magnetic blocks in there obviously) but I have so many great things that I want to make and put in there!!! Here’s to hoping that someone out there likes what I manage to create!

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    cucicucicoo says:

    What a fun idea! My kids would love those! (and a lot of other kids I know, too!) :) Lisa

  13. 13

    In my classroom I had a ton of pattern blocks, and now I wish I’d thought of this for my students! If I was still teaching I’d be sticking magnets to the back of everything! Great idea! :-)

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