Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Magnetic Busy Boards

We are getting rid of our TV.  Yes, it will be gone, finito.  We are finally having some beautiful weather and all my 2 year old wants to do is watch cartoons. Well no more. So I have been trying to come up with some fun things for him to do to keep himself entertained and this week I came up with these...
And I am in love! They were so fun to make and Mr. Finn absolutely adores them (A+ for mom!). And they were super easy. 

Materials Needed:
Dry erase board
Pencil Case
Clamp
2 Metal Clasp Rings
 Sheet Magnets
Face Print out

I started out with a magnetic dry erase board from Walmart. These measure 11X11".
I used a ruler and found the middle of the board and used a dry erase marker to draw the shape of the face and then traced over the dry erase marker with a sharpie.

Next step was to drill 2 holes in the top (mark where to drill using the holes on the pencil bag)
And then I used E600 to glue a cute bulldog clamp right in the center of the top.
And use the metal rings to attach the bag to the dry erase board.
 Next thing I did was freehand some face parts (eyes, nose, mouth, ect.). I also made a second board that was for animals. I laminated all of the drawings and then cut them out.
Then I placed all of the pieces onto the magnet sheets and cut them out.
All of the pieces are easy to store in the pencil bag, and I also put some colored pencils in each bag so that we can attach some paper to the clip and they can have a cool little coloring board. These keep my boy entertained for quite a while, and trust me, that is saying something.
If you don't want to freehand the magnets yourself you are more than welcome to download the ones that I drew. Keep in mind these were all done with pencil and markers so they are by no means professional, but I think that it adds to the charm!

Download the Face Pieces here
And the Animal Pieces here
*Make sure to set the pages to letter size when printing (or 8 1/2X11)

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29 comments:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Lisa said...

Cute idea!

Clara said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea! You should contact a toy manufacturer stat.

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Wendy said...

Oh, what a super fun idea!

Alison said...

WOW, your kids are lucky!! This is such a cool activity for kids. KUDOS! Thanks for sharing!

~ALison
http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Juniper said...

This really looks fun! Buh bye TV :)

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Brilliant!!!That is SOO creative!!

{All Thingz Related} said...

How FUN! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!
~Bridgette

Jackie said...

These look so super fun!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

THis is amazingly creative! Love the idea.

Thanks for sharing your images! I think they are adorable.

Thanks for linking up with What are little boys made of?

Lanie Ree said...

This is a great idea1 And I agree, the handmade drawings add to the charm.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

Sarah said...

Very creative! That might be a good project for my oldest daughter this summer as we've got several little ones who would love to play with that!

Thanks for the great idea!

Sarah

Fawnda said...

WOW! Waht a great idea! I love it! :)

Tausha said...

This is so darling! We have a long old road trip coming up-I am thinking that these would be perfect to help with the entertainment. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!!!

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

I &hearts this idea! So much fun!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Visitin and following from FTF!! Wow! Awesome project and tutorial!!

daydreamer said...

Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to have to make both of them for my toddler!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a clever and creative idea! My little guy would love these! Super cute! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Cook Clean Craft said...

That looks like so much fun!

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Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

Oh, I am sure this would keep any kiddo busy for hours! What a fun idea! Thanks for linking up with us this week!

Heather said...

What a great idea, and I love how you can customize them to whatever theme your little one would like best.

C.R.A.F.T. said...

so cute! come and link up and help make monday marvelous :)

Stephanie Lynn said...

Super cute idea! Love the added bag to the top! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Kaysi said...

Those are stinkin' cute!! I love that you put the pencil holder on them, great idea!

Room to Inspire said...

These are super cute and super creative! Thanks so much for linking up to Be Inspired last week!

Chelsea

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Sammy! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring your magnet boards today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again next week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Jamee said...

hi sammy and ruth- love this, i am a new follower don't know how i have missed ya'll. I also featured you magnet boards today at jameehomemaker.blogspot.com

C.R.A.F.T. said...

AWESOME! Great Idea :) thanks for linking up to Making Monday Marvelous [MMM]!!

 
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