Magnetic letter sets have helped develop children’s letter, word and sentence recognition for decades. Many adults have fond memories of learning how to spell the names of various items on the refrigerator while helping their parents in the kitchen, or learning the ABCs of other household items by sticking letters on a magnetic board.
With today’s on-the-go families, magnetic letter sets are a household essential, providing children who have busy parents with a way to play and learn in the home, office or with friends. We’ve selected the best magnetic letter sets for toddlers to 12-year-olds, and we at the Scripps National Spelling Bee think these sets are a great means for practicing weekly spelling words on the refrigerator or another magnetic surface at home.
The JoyNote Gamenote Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit comes complete with 156 lowercase letters, 52 uppercase letters, a double-sided magnetic whiteboard and a dry-erase marker. It allows kids to put together hundreds of words and sentences. The convenient storage box keeps all of the letters nicely organized and makes writing practice easy. Kids can place the magnetic letters on the board and trace around them or copy the letters or words. This is a great option for kids ages 4 to 12.
Toddlers will feel the difference in the letters with the Pixel Premium ABC Magnets Set. The soft, chunky foam letters are just the right size for small children, making it ideal for teaching letters and building vocabulary. It comes with 142 magnetic letters: 90 lowercase and 52 uppercase. They can be used on a refrigerator or the lightweight whiteboard that is included. The set also includes interactive games that are a wonderful complement. Kids over the age of 3 will have hours of enjoyable learning with these magnetic letters.
Children can’t help themselves when they see these letters and numbers on the fridge — they have to touch them and pick them up. What better way to teach kids about number and letter recognition? Kids will quickly advance to words and equations with this set, which comes with 112 colorful magnetic pieces including 26 uppercase letters, 60 lowercase letters, 20 numbers and six math symbols. They’re small enough for little hands to play with without posing a hazard for kids. These magnetic letters and numbers are recommended for children over the age of 3.
This letter and number set is ideal for little hands, each piece being around 3-5 centimeters. The shapes are made of durable, eco-friendly foam, and the bright colors are a delight. The magnets make it fun to stick to a refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces. There are a variety of games and puzzles that can be created with this set. It comes with 52 uppercase letters, 90 lowercase letters, 30 numbered signs and 10 magnetic pattern blocks for even more fun. It’s ideal for children ages 3 and up.
This is a great option for parents who want an introductory tool to teach their children about letters and numbers. The carrying case makes it easy for kids to take this set with them on the go. Having magnetic letters on the refrigerator has been popular in many homes for years, and creativity comes to life when family members come up with unique games to play with kids. The magnets are strong, so the letters and numbers will not slip and slide. Recommended for children 3 years and older.
“Magnetic letters are a perfect multi-sensory tool to help children explore the alphabet. I have found these letters to be an important tool in my pre-reading and early reading toolbox. Letter and sound identification are critical components to any early reading program. Handling magnetic letters on a whiteboard or refrigerator helps to make the letters real for our hands-on early readers.”
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Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.