Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Invitation to Play: Magna-Tiles & a Magna-Doodle

If you are familiar with my blog at all, then you already know that we are huge fans of Magna-Tiles. Well, my oldest J also loves playing with his Magna-Doodle, which he got for Christmas. He has used it so much that I already had to tape the string back to the pen. One day I noticed him combining the two toys. It was a brilliant way to explore shapes, math, letters, and, of course his favorite topic lately, fractions. Simple math learning at its finest as created by my hypernumerate five year old.

This no-prep activity for kids using Magna-Tiles is a great way to explore mathematical concepts, fine motor skills, prewriting, and more!

Making numbers on a Magna-Doodle using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

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Simple Math & Prewriting Boredom Buster for Kids

For this math and prewriting invitation to play, we used:

First, the boys created shapes by "stamping" the different shapes of Magna-Tiles on the Magna-Doodle. Then the boys would trace the shape's outline using the Magna-Doodle's pen.


Making shapes on a Magna-Doodle using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Exploring shapes using Magna-Tiles and a Magna-Doodle from And Next Comes L

The boys also stamped the side of the Magna-Tiles to create numbers and letters to trace.

Tracing numbers on a Magna-Doodle from And Next Comes L

Tracing letters on a Magna-Doodle from And Next Comes L

Then J started doing fractions. He started by stamping four of the small squares, but quickly realized that he could stamp a large square Magna-Tile and fit four small squares inside.

Exploring fractions on a Magna-Doodle using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Exploring fractions on a Magna-Doodle using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Then he moved to stamping triangles inside the large square's outline. He, of course, wrote the numbers for each fraction as he went along.

Simple elementary math activity for kids to explore fractions from And Next Comes L

Simple elementary math activity for kids to explore fractions from And Next Comes L

Simple elementary math activity for kids to explore fractions from And Next Comes L

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Using Magna-Tiles and a Magna-Doodle to work on shapes, math, fractions, literacy, and prewriting skills from And Next Comes L
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