Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Magnetic Board

About a month ago, I found this post about using an oil pan as a magnetic board on Pinterest. I finally got around to purchasing one yesterday at Walmart for $10. I knew it would be perfect for using Boogs' magnetic sight words that he got for Christmas. When he opened them on Christmas day, he was less than thrilled. He said, "What! You got me sight words for a Christmas present?" He loves to be read to, but is still a bit of a reluctant reader.

When he came home from school yesterday, he immediately noticed the magnetic board. He said, "Look someone left me a message!" He was so excited to read it. I changed the words after dinner so he would have something new to read this morning. And then tonight, we spent about 15 minutes building various sentences with the words.
When we were reading the 3rd
sentence, there was an "s" after
the word "want". It must have
gotten moved before I took this
The board is a big as Boogs.

He is now having a good time with his sight word Christmas present...all it took was a jumbo magnetic board to make it fun. His favorite sentence tonight was "who put it on the cat". After Boogs read it, he looked at the other magnetic words and found the word "small" to place before the word "cat" in our sentence. Then he looked at me and asked, "What is IT? Who put what on the cat? I have to know!" This led him into some story telling to let me know who, what, where, when, and how IT happened to the cat. So much fun! I am definitely going to go back to Terra Toys and get the other big-sized magnetic word kits. A friend of mine told me that she has magnetic tape that works in her label maker. I have a label maker in one of my old teacher boxes. I will have to locate it and see if I can get magnetic tape for it.


  1. I think that everyone I know has that oil pan pinned!! I hadn't really thought of using site words on it. That looks like a great set of words and I think my kids would really enjoy this as well! Now, I just need to figure out where to put it...

  2. That's awesome! I have that oil pan pinned too - but have yet to find a good blank wall space to mount one :) Those word magnets look fun - reminds me of the magnetic poetry everyone had on their lockers in high school :)

  3. Julie - the First Words kit is available on I like that this kit has such large letters.

  4. We use the oil pan too! It's it great!
    New follower here from the TGIF Linky :)

  5. I've been wanting to get a big o oil pan!! We have been using the side of the file cabinet for magnetic day soon...and I would totally get my son sight words for Christmas (when he's ready) I think it's an awesome prez...course he would prob prefer hot wheels or something to jump on ;-)...stopped in from TGIF linky

  6. That's awesome! I love it! visiting from Toys in the Dryer! Such a great idea!

  7. I love that the board is so big! What a great idea!

  8. Very cool idea! What fun to write notes back & forth =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  9. I didnt realize how cheap they were. This would work great in our classroom.