Crafting Numbers and Letters For Toddlers
Magnetic tiles aren’t just for building forts, spaceships, and creative characters — they can be used to help the youngest learners build fundamental concepts they’ll need in the classroom. Prepare your child for school with playtimes that foster creativity and active engagement. Using Magna-Tiles®, toddlers can learn their letters and numbers in ways that capture their interest.
Click to Create Letters and Numbers
Dialing into your toddler’s curiosity with your collection of magnetic tiles can help make teaching them how to craft their ABCs and 123s feel less like a lesson and more like playtime. Using just square and triangular shapes, you can create simple forms that are easy for tiny tots to mirror. Experiment with tiles in specific hues to promote color recognition, play with patterns that are easy for little ones to understand, and trace your finished shapes on paper.
Through letter and number formation, toddlers are creating a foundation for math, writing, and reading, as well as basic problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. As they grow, you and your little one can tackle more advanced concepts with your tiles, such as:
The magnets inside make it easy for little hands to connect the shapes, while the bright colors and hands-on engagement help make learning fun. Along with the basic concepts for school, children are also developing the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination they’ll need to grasp a pencil, cut with scissors, zip a jacket, and perform other tasks. If you’re working with multiple children, Magna-Tiles® activities can also become an opportunity for lessons on sharing, teamwork, and communication.
Educational Resources for Parents and Teachers
Parents and teachers have come up with innovative ways to incorporate their Magna-Tiles® into lessons and playtime activities. Magna-Tiles® come with no instructions, making them the perfect learning tools for imaginative projects. Look to our selection of activity downloads for simple ways to get started.
The activity downloads breakdown letter and number formation. Downloadable Magna-Tiles® Number Cards and Magna-Tiles® ABC Cards include space for tracing along with a detailed image of each character built with a mixture of magnetic shapes. The interactive lesson plans also make it easy to dive into basic STEM concepts through play, including:
- Pattern Recognition with Magna-Tiles®
- Name the Shape with Magna-Tiles®
- Exploring Magnets: Do Opposites Attract?
When it’s time to switch things up, look to the Magna-Tiles® Play Book: Inspiring Creativity for a wealth of ideas that can spark creative thinking and guide youngsters through basic principles. This book makes it easy to find new ways to play, learn, and explore as your curious toddlers grow into inquisitive school-age kids. Printed with basic instructions and vibrant illustrations, the booklet is divided into sections by complexity:
- Beginner (ages 3+)
- Intermediate (ages 4 – 5)
- STEAM learning (ages 3+ with adult help)
Thanks to Mr. Magna-Tiles, who appears throughout the booklet, you can learn some tips, tricks, and fun facts along the way. Though our product is not intended for children under the age of 3, with adult supervision Magna-Tiles have proven to be a valuable toy for younger children for learning activities and playtime with adults.
Find Inspiration for Thoughtful Play
Using Magna-Tiles®, toddlers can learn the fundamentals. What will you and your curious crew come up with next? Find additional methods for teaching the basics using our Idea Gallery. Here, you can see what’s new in our community on social media and gain some inspiration for more #magnatiles moments while you’re there. Contact us today for more information.