Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Magne Tricks

Bub is such a little sponge at the moment, always absorbing everything around her and coming out with new things. I'm one of those parents who likes to turn every situation into an opportunity for learning. I'm constantly looking for new ways to tweak activities or add props to incorporate learning into our play time, so she's developing new skills in a fun environment. At the moment she's really into learning letters and numbers so we've been using tools like the etch-a-sketch, you tube videos, songs, bath appliqu├ęs and books to help her learn the alphabet and counting. Its been working really well as she can count to twenty and has a basic understanding of the alphabet.

We're now looking to build on her skills and add in things like phonics, so I'm always adding to our stash of educational toys and tools. A great resource I've recently discovered is Magne Tricks which are educational magnets designed for children. They come in a range of different sets all designed to teach different skills for different learning levels. What a cool idea to turn the fridge, which she looks at almost every day, into a learning tool. We've been using the basic alphabet, numbers {up to 12} and a family name set for a few weeks now.

When the magnets first arrived I set them up on the fridge without telling her so she could explore them herself {and because I wanted her to be surprised}. Then of course I forgot about them until I heard her saying "wow a A, a D, a H, a J" from the kitchen. Needless to say she was super excited the boring fridge is now covered in bright colours, letters and numbers. She's also been really good and hasn't tried to take them off yet.


Without a doubt her favourite set are the alphabet flash magnets. She can't walk past the fridge without pointing out letters and saying them. What I love about this set is that it also teaches phonics by matching the letters with an object or animal, so she's learning the sounds the letters make in addition to recognising the individual letters themselves. She just started saying A is for ..., B is for ... etc before we got the magnets so this set has really harnessed her enthusiasm and given her more words to match to the letters. Although she still prefers saying A is for apple and B is for ball over the ant and bird, but she has been telling me I is for igwoo a lot. I really love that the set includes the letters in both lower case and upper case. She's really good at recognising letters in upper case and we're starting to work on the lower case. Having them side by side is making it a lot easier for her to understand.


Although bub can already count past 12, I got the basic number set to help her learn sequencing and matching groups of items to the numbers. What I love about this set is that the numbers and the matching items are colour coded making it easier for younger children to match them up. It also gives a visual representation of the numbers. At the moment bub's just been pointing out the numbers and counting out the items with me, but when she understands it more I'm going to make it into a game where she can match the numbers and items. I'm also thinking of getting the next set from 13-24 as she can count to 20, but gets a bit confused with the order of some of the numbers. She also still pronounces thirteen and fifteen as threeteen and fiveteen, but we'll work on that over time.


I also got a set of custom family name magnets which are more for future use so that she can learn names of her relatives. The sets can include 18-24 different names and are great for kids who are learning to read and write. Obviously bub is nowhere near reading yet so I've got them mainly for her to learn the names by me saying them {although she does spell out the letters to me already because she loves pointing out letters}. I got a mixture of names and titles {e.g. aunty, uncle, nanna}. I'm planning on matching them with photos of family members on the fridge so she can learn name recognition and then later on we can use them for reading and writing. 


Magne Tricks was created by a mum and primary school teacher to give parents reusable resources for the home or classroom. The magnets are colourful, engaging and can also be customised. Magne Tricks offer a wide variety of magnets to help children master literacy, numeracy and communication skills. The magnets cover a large age group from toddlers to school children with simple sets such as the ones we've been using through to more advanced sets including sight words, songs, calendars and an analogue clock set. There are also magnet chart sets for routines, chores and reward systems. Plus there are special Christmas themed sets at the moment. There's pretty much a magnet set for everything.

There are so many other sets I want to get for bub in the future, but I'm going to have to either buy a magnetic board for her or get a bigger fridge to fit them on. Just quietly I don't like my chances of getting a bigger fridge. But, that's not going to stop me from getting more, the song sets and shape set are definitely on my wish list because I know she'll love them.

Is your fridge covered with magnets?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was gifted the sets shown above for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products and I fully intend to purchase more in the future. I did not receive payment for this review.

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13 comments:

  1. I love magnets, and have them everywhere. When my eldest was little, I got the alphabet magnets, but then gave up because she had more fun taking them off the fridge, putting them in a container and wondering off with them.
    These look very cool. Anything that helps kids learn is a good thing.

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    1. She hasn't started taking them off yet, but I'm sure it'll come eventually.

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  2. Yes, our fridge is covered in magnets and "stuff"! So much for a beautifully styled and decorated kitchen LOL. Most of the time I don't even "see" it anymore, we get so used to it. However it drives Mr 21 mad, when we were away for a month earlier in the year he put all the magnets away!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT - coz we rock! x

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    1. Haha, mine is covered in magnets but I'm super ocd about where they go, so I guess its organised chaos.

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  3. Our fridge is covered with magnets. They are letters also, but they're in funny shapes, so not that easy to understand. These look great. That's fantastic she has an understanding of the alphabet already. I need to work on that more with my youngest.

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    1. She's totally obsessed with the alphabet. Always singing the abc song and pointing out random letters.

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  4. It use to have letters, and they are still there in a container. However my young man has just about finished year 2 so now it is lists of sight words.

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    1. I plan on getting the sight words for bub too when she gets to school.

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    1. They're so pretty hey. Much more interesting than my boring white fridge.

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  6. I had a very similar set when I was teaching and LOVED them! Great idea to have them at home too.

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  7. What a great learning tool! This sounds exactly something we need in the Raj household!

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