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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets

8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - All About Learning Press

Here are eight fantastic ways to promote pre-reading skills (without mess or fuss!) using alphabet refrigerator magnets.

The letter sets (uppercase/lowercase) shown in the activities below are perfect because the color of the letters match the letter tiles used in All About Reading and All About Spelling, but you can use any set that you have on hand.

And if magnets don’t stick to your fridge, you can do these same activities using a metal baking sheet or the front of your dishwasher.

1_Alphabet_Soup
8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Alphabet Soup

Pour all your letters into a sauce pan or soup pot. Have your little one give the soup a stir and dish up some “Alphabet Soup”! Hold out your bowl while your young chef serves you up some “A Soup” or “F Soup” (or whatever variety is the special of the day!).

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Alphabet Train

Mix up the letters in random order. Show your child how she can make a “train” by placing the letters in alphabetical order, singing the Alphabet Song as she goes.

3_Letter_Lookout
8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Letter Lookout

Help your child recognize that there are letters everywhere! Pick out a few picture books or boxes of food. Have your child choose a magnetic letter from the fridge and try to find that same letter in the book or on a box.

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Mix-n-Match 'Em

Arrange the letters right side up and have your child organize the letters in matching sets. For example, can she find all the letters that have long sticks? How about short sticks? Can she find letters with circles? How about letters with dots? Sort out all the red letters. Can she find the letters in her name? How about the letters in a friend’s name?

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Hide-n-Go Letter Seek

Scatter your letters around your school room or living room. Give your child a basket and encourage her to say the name of the letters as she collects each one. You can use this activity to increase phonological awareness by calling out the sound of each letter instead of the name of the letter. Download our free Letter Sounds app if you need to refresh your memory on the sounds of the 26 alphabet letters.

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Dig For Buried Letters

Bury your letters in a large bowl filled with lentils, rice, or cracked wheat. Have your child dig for the letters with a magnetic wand. As she finds each letter, have her shout out the letter’s name and the sound it makes.

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Go Fish

You can use your magnetic wand for this activity too! Make a fishing pole by tying a string to the end of a yard stick and then tying the magnetic wand to the end of the string. Spread your refrigerator magnets on the floor, and it’s time to go fishing! Have your child dangle the magnet wand to catch “fish.” Have her say the name and/or sound of each “fish” she catches.

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8 Ways to Use Refrigerator Magnets - Word Wranglers

This activity is perfect beginning readers. It will help your child learn that you can manipulate sounds to create new words. Build a three-letter word on the fridge. See how many new words you can make by changing the beginning and/or ending sounds. Here’s one using beginning sounds: Start with cat. Change the beginning sound to make fat, pat, and hat. Now create new words by changing the ending sound.

Interacting with letters helps your little ones get ready for reading and spelling. With these simple activities, your child will develop print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and listening comprehension—four out of the Big Five Skills that lay the foundation for learning to read and spell. (To add the fifth pre-reading skill, motivation to read, share some great picture books with your child!)

What other creative ideas do you have for using refrigerator magnets? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll add them to this post!

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Great ideas! We still don’t have magnet letters but I could buy at some point.

Amy

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Thanks for the ideas! My son had all his letters/sounds in both upper and lowercase learned but we’ve had to take 8 months off from homeschooling due to a medical emergency, and he’s kind of rusty. These activities will definitely help refresh his memory without making him feel like we need to learn over again what he knew.

Robin E.

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Amy,
We have quite a few blog posts and free downloads to make learning letter recognition fun and active.

Ana Tham

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Wonderful ideas!! I’ll try them as well.
My son played Chef pretending to fry the little eggs from the lesson practicing the sounds he was learning. He loved it!

Today we played postman delivering mails to the “families” th sh ch…
So fun to !!

Robin E.

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Ana,
Playing postman as a part of reading lesson sounds like it would be fun! Great way to keep things lively for your son!

Aleisha

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My daughter missed not being able to play with her alphabet magnets when we bought a new fridge a few years ago. These are great ideas!

Robin E.

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Aleisha,
We got a no refrigerator a couple years ago and magnets don’t work on the front of it. However, I found that magnets work fine on the side, as does chalk. The side of my fridge is gray, not black, but it works just as well as a chalkboard. It depends on the configuration of your kitchen, but that might work for play for your daughter.

Tammy

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Very good ideas

Katie

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I don’t have any new ones, but I have used these ideas. The kids enjoy them.

Anita Flinchum

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I like these ideas.

Andrea

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Wonderful ideas!

Cindy

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Love these ideas. Can’t wait to try some of them.

Heather

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I am a homeschooling mother and I just bought All About Spelling! I am hoping to get All about Reading soon. My son is 8 in second grade failing and Dyslexic. I just found out about this program and it is my last hope.Thanks

Deb

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I’ve gotten so many great ideas from this blog. Thank you!

Lydia

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I’m glad to find this blog with lots of great tips. We recently purchased primary arts of language writing program which comes with all about spelling level 1. I found it’s an excellent spelling program. We will definitely continue to use it as part of our homeschooling curriculum in the future.
Thank you and best wishes,

Robin E.

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Lydia,
Thank you for letting us know that All About Spelling 1 is working well for your homeschool!

deann reinke

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love the chapter books

Lindee Scales

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Great ideas!

Susanne

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All about spelling is a wonderful curriculum! Love these ideas as well!

Love these ideas, fun to mix things up!

anita

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Great ideas! My son really loved the magnet letters…and so did my daughter!

The are all clever ways of teaching that are fun as well. Great ideas! Gracias

Carmen Olfert

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These are fantastic ideas, thank you!

Merry

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You’re welcome!

Grace

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great ideas! I could use these everyday with my little friends.

Heather M

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These ideas are so fun!

Cristi

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Thanks for the great ideas!

Liz Reyes

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We love these refrigerator magnets!!

Great ideas for younger children. I’m hoping I learn how to help a grand-daughter (age 8) who doesn’t seem to recognize correct/incorrect spelling.

Merry

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Hi Judith,

How wonderful that you can help your granddaughter! Let us know if we can help in any way.

Laura

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These are so great! Thank you!

Autumn

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Thanks for the fresh ideas! These are great!

Merry

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You’re welcome, have fun!

Nikki Howell

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Love these ideas! Will be trying some with me son as we work on letters this year

Roberta D

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This are all ideas I will try with my daughter!

Jennifer G

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Wonderful ideas! We will give them a try.

Lisa Blankenship

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These are great ideas.

Erica Marshall

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What an awesome list of ideas!! Thanks! I know the dig for letter would be a huge hit!

Claire

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These are great ideas! I think my son will really enjoy digging for letters.

Lorrie

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What great ideas!!! I’m sure my girls would love each one of them. I’m shopping for quality magnet letters now!!! Can’t wait to get them on the fridge. 😀🎉

Deb

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Your ideas are so creative! Can’t wait to try them!

Julie G.

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Thanks for new ideas for ways to use letter magnets. I can see both my kids enjoying these.

Angela

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Love the fishing idea! Great kinesthetic activity, too.

Kaile R

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We loved using Alphabet magnets when my kids were little.

Jessica

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My older daughter would still love doing some of these at level 2.
We have also used the inside of the tailgate for magnets when we have been on a job site with my husband. Since starting All About Spelling and Reading I find myself observing anything we can use magnets on and anything dry erase capable.

Merry

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LOVE the tailgate idea, Jessica! That’s so cool!

Holly Hayek

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Cool idea!

Kate

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These are great, low stress options that would engage the most reluctant pre-reader!

Fiona

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I love these ideas. I have a 7 and 5 year old who are both struggling on the reading front. I can’t wait to put these ideas into action while I wait for our AAR kit! I have recently decided to homeschool my children and I can’t wait to get started with AAR. Thank you very much for the ideas in this post :)

Merry

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You’re welcome! And let us know if you have any questions as you work through All About Reading. We’re always glad to help!

Anna

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Love these ideas!

Ashley

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These are great ideas!

Heather

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Great ideas that I can use with our magnets! Both of my boys (even my oldest) would enjoy doing these!

Anne

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I’m always impressed with how many great ideas you all come up with. Thanks for sharing!

Shawna Jansen

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Love these ideas! My youngest loves to do letter scavenger hunts!

Tara S.

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Love these ideas for playing with letters and will implement them with our youngest.

I will share these strategies with my sister-in-law. She has a 3 year old at home and he is a sharp cookie! Thank you

Marivi

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Wonderful! A lot of varieties way of learning.

Thanks for all the great ideas! Sometimes we’ve traced around them on a white board or piece of paper to help them learn how to recognize and spell their name.

Gale

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I love magnet letters. Even letting a child pick any combo of letters and sounding them out (or trying to) helps them. Its a great way to show them the rule about needing vowels… “Oops…I can’t say that…there aren’t enough vowels!”

Merry

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Cute idea to show that every word needs a vowel, Gale!

Kandy Newman

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Love these ideas. My son gets board easily so I’m looking forward to using these!

Michelle W.

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These are great ideas. I will definately be using these ideas with my pre-readers.

K Spencer

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I definitely want to try use our letters for building words since our little man knows his letters well. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Merry

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You’re welcome; enjoy!

Jessica McKenzie

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Great ideas!

Krista

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My daughter will love these ideas. She loves her alphabet magnets!

Amy M.

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These are the times I wish my fridge was magnetic!

Merry

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Do you have any metal doors? Our front and back doors are, and work great for magnets!

Ivy

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Great to discover this post! Just ordered a set of magnetic alphabets to bring more fun to phonics learning. Thanks!

CHRISTINE

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Such fun ideas for my preschooler!

Yuna Park

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I’ve been putting off getting magnetic letters because magnetic numbers have ended up all over the kitchen floor driving me nuts. But all the fun ideas from this post makes me want to get them now.

Merry

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LOL, yes! Great chore for a little one to pick them up though!

Tara M

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Love these ideas- my refrigerator isn’t magnetic, but I had been given a bunch of these letters- so this will be very nice.

I just ordered refrigerator letters and numbers this week and the kids love them! (Minus the littlest wanting to eat them… it’s been a problem)

Your Alphabet Soup idea will be a hit with my 3 year old! Can’t wait to try it out :)

Robin E.

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Amy,
Have fun with Alphabet Soup!

Diana

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My two kids are reading like champs, so they take turns scrambling a word and letting the other one unscramble it. Sometimes they get it right away, and sometimes it takes a few days to figure it out.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Diana,
This is an important skill for becoming great Scrabble, Bananagrams, or Words with Friends players! Fun.

Shannon

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There are some great ideas here I’ll have to try with my boys!

Tammy

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Thanks for posting looks like some great ideas to try!

Shannon S

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The ABC snacks from the other day look like fun!

Amanda Snow

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I’m so glad you’ve posted this! We have TONS of magnets, but I’ve never quite known what to do with them, other than spelling out words. This was perfect for us!

Marie Rippel

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I’m glad the post was helpful! You’ll be able to put the magnets to good use! (Have fun!)

shannon

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These are brilliant. Can’t wait to try them as my almost 2 yr old daughter becomes more aware of stuff like this.

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