I really can’t wait to teach my toddler to read. It’s definitely early, but we work on pre-literacy skills all the time.

wordplay with magnetic poetry

This week, we have been reviewing a Magnetic Poetry Kit, and I came up with a matching game activity.

I grabbed a few of the concrete noun words from the Magnetic Poetry Kit, and created a chart that had a picture of each word with space below for the magnet.

Then, I asked my son to “find the hat” and hand him the appropriate magnet. He stuck the magnet underneath the correct picture, labeling each one. He got excited to find the right picture to match the word. And even “tested” me by trying to put the word on the fridge upside-down on purpose. We played several times before he got tired of it.

I think this activity would be better for older children who already recognize sight words. Yet I think my son started to grasp literacy concepts that each image has a word associated with it, and that letters / words have to be upright in order to be read.


I have long used Magnetic Poetry kids in my classroom and home refrigerator to cultivate a love of wordplay… the word tiles are fun to move around, encourage creativity, and are educational at the same time!

We reviewed the First Words Kit by Magnetic Poetry. 140 tiles of the most common sight words and prefix / suffixes. The print and tiles are larger in this kit, making them great for small hands. Packaged in a reusable tin, you have the perfect container for taking your Magnetic Poetry on the go – kids can compose sentences and poems on the inside or outside!

At this age with my son, I found myself wishing for more concrete noun words in the kit, so I could make more little games like described above. This kit had many more suffix ending tiles than I would have expected for a first words collection. It’s intended for ages 4 and up, so we are definitely using it with our son young.

Regardless of which words I personally would have wanted (wouldn’t it be great to create a custom-words kit!!), this Magnetic Poetry kit is a fantastic way to develop your kids’ love of language and poetry! And I guarantee if you stick these tiles on your fridge, even the adults will be creating lines of poetry soon enough!

Magnetic Poetry sells a great selection of kits catering to different themes, ages, interests, including foreign language kits! They even have a magnetic chore chart set, and a few magnetic playset scenes:

All Magnetic Poetry items are well-packaged (perfect for gifts), and reasonably priced from about $8-20. Check their website for frequent discounts and sales!! Like Magnetic Poetry on Facebook too!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on some Magnetic Poetry – you can play online right now! Check out their virtual magnetic poetry games – sooo much fun and you can even email your finished poem to yourself or a friend!

WIN IT: One reader wins the Magnetic Poetry First Words Kit AND the Kids’ Kit set (which has smaller tiles and 320 words!) for their family! ARV $34. Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

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GIVEAWAY RULES:  Open US-48. 18+ to enter/win.  Winner will be emailed directly and have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize! Ends 11:59 on May 10, 2012. Fulfillment handled by Magnetic Poetry.

Thanks to Magnetic Poetry for sending an item to review and offering this great giveaway! All opinions are my own and 100% honest. Amazon affiliate links have been used in this post. 

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  • Lisa L May 10, 2012, 12:38 pm

    How fun! I think the FirstWords Magnetic Poetry Kit would be wonderful for my kids

  • Kristie May 10, 2012, 8:47 am

    The kids would have fun with the Magnetic Monster Lab. :-)

  • Sarah Jane May 10, 2012, 8:38 am

    I’d like to get Word Beads – Red. Need to bookmark the page so that I can buy it for crafting projects.

  • Teh Doll May 10, 2012, 12:03 am

    I like the poet kit


  • Gianna May 9, 2012, 11:32 pm

    I love poetry.. it would be fun to see what my kids can think up on the fridge.

  • erin May 9, 2012, 1:08 pm

    My daughter is learning to read and write- this would be so helpful!

  • Nancy May 8, 2012, 3:59 pm

    I like that Magnetic Poetry sets make poetry fun and interesting. Too many people have the idea that poetry is serious or boring and it’s not that way at all!

  • christina moore May 8, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I love magnetic poetry, especially the foreign language

  • Angela Hartness May 8, 2012, 5:41 am

    I would like the First Words kit. It would definitely be a great tool for my son and daughter-in-law in teaching my granddaughter her first words. She loves to play with magnets on the fridge, so I think she would like this kit.

  • Cheryl Rahkonen May 7, 2012, 1:52 am

    These kits would be great for teaching children new words or how to construct a sentence. I love the fact that you can play online (which I did). I do love poetry. My favorite poem is Robinson Crusoe’s story by Charles E. Carryl. The first verse is below.

    The night was thick and hazy
    When the “Piccadilly Daisy”
    Carried down the crew and captain in the sea;
    And I think the water drowned ‘em;
    For they never, never found ‘em,
    And I know they didn’t come ashore with me.

  • Stephanie H May 6, 2012, 8:37 pm

    I like that the Magnetic Poetry will work on creative thinking even for your children. As some one who writes poetry from time to time I would love it if my children can learn to also express themselves poetically

  • Tamar May 6, 2012, 3:19 pm

    There’s a product I bought at Magnetic Poetry back when I was in college. It had all these awesome faces. They no longer make it and I can’t find my set (I think my old roommate stole it!!!) but I must have spent like… 4-5 hours trying to look for it since I graduated.

  • Knocked Up and Nursing May 4, 2012, 11:52 am

    We have limited space in our home. This would be perfect to keep in the drawer next to the fridge. The kids would be able to reach it and it would keep them entertained while i cook dinner!

  • Leanne Hill May 2, 2012, 8:33 pm

    i like the variety of kits they have on their website

  • bitt May 2, 2012, 2:56 pm

    I love magnetic poetry, especially the foreign language sets

  • ColleenMarie82 May 2, 2012, 11:10 am

    I also like the Pet Stones

  • ReggieMann May 2, 2012, 7:55 am

    I would love to have the Kids’ Spanish and Kids’ Kit for my niece

  • Heidi May 2, 2012, 4:41 am

    I like all of the different themed kits. I got a good laugh out of the bacon and zombie kits.

  • melissa pruitt May 1, 2012, 11:31 pm

    this looks great for my daughter@! i like the kids t shirt stamping kit!

  • Sarah W May 1, 2012, 11:23 pm

    I love the absolute freedom of poetry; the way it can be interpreted so differently from one person to the next, but still be completely relevant. I’ve always loved poetry — reading and writing it.

    fs4sarah at gmail dot com

  • Amanda Alvarado May 1, 2012, 9:19 pm

    This would help tremendously with getting dd to learn some sight words before she starts preschool in the Fall! She knows her letters and I swear she can read some words but when we try to get her to ‘read’ to us or point out a word and see if she knows it, she refuses! LOL Stubborn like her daddy!

  • Anne May 1, 2012, 8:28 pm

    I homeschool two in the elementary grades and we started reading poetry aloud last year. Thanks for the great review!

  • Anne E. Perry May 1, 2012, 6:59 pm

    I like the love kit!!

  • Carrie Phelps May 1, 2012, 5:20 am

    I love this! My grandson is now experimenting with word recognition and this would be so helpful in teaching him how to place these words together/side by side.

  • Anne N. April 30, 2012, 10:37 pm

    I love all the different poetry kits they have. I like the Original Magnetic Poetry Kit.

  • debnmike m April 30, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I love poetry. I teach it to my children and my 4th graders.

  • Nicole McKinney April 30, 2012, 8:25 pm

    I love poetry & would love to add more words to the magnets I already have…I can’t wait to share my love of poetry & my creativity w/ our new daughter :)

  • Amy B. April 30, 2012, 8:16 pm

    I’ve been writing poetry since I was a teenager, and it’s a skill I’d love for my son to have when he grows up. What a great way to get him started!!!

  • Jen N. April 30, 2012, 7:33 pm

    My refrigerator has been clean and bare for long enough! It’s time to get some magnetic poetry going on and I know my DD would love to play with the words!

  • Jen Breedlove April 30, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I used stuff similar to these in my 4th grade classroom, back in my former life as a teacher :) We have magnetic letters that my son loves to play with (what is so amazing about magnets on the refrigerator, anyway?? :) ), so I think something like this would be awesome!!

  • Trisha W. April 30, 2012, 2:25 pm

    On the topic of reading, have you tried Leap Frog’s Word Whammer? It’s a great Fridge Phonics toy that helps kids learn to ID letters, their sounds, and to build 3 letter words.

  • Hannah Avery April 30, 2012, 2:11 pm

    The Spanish word magnets sound so cool!

    -Hannah Avery

  • Lindsay April 30, 2012, 11:58 am

    My son got a set of the bigger words for his birthday. We love them! My daughter spells out sentences and it’s great for learning new words.

  • Erin April 30, 2012, 10:46 am

    This may seem weird…but I could definitely use something like this on my fridge for myself. (My girls are still too young.) Throughout the day, I find myself needing short, simple creative outlets. This would really be a good one!

  • Amylynn H April 30, 2012, 10:33 am

    I like the Monsters and Cuties sets! My boys would have fun with those.

  • Michelle P. April 30, 2012, 9:56 am

    My First Words would be amazing for my daughter who is in the early stages of learning how to read! I seriously love your idea of putting up pictures of the words and having your son match them up. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • kelly April 30, 2012, 8:57 am

    I love poetry and used to write it as a kid. I hope my daughters love rhyming as much as I did!

  • Tamara Szogedi April 30, 2012, 8:50 am

    Oh, I think this would be fun for my son as he starts to learn to read!

  • latanya April 30, 2012, 8:42 am

    I like that it allows for creativity.

  • Kimberly Schotz April 30, 2012, 1:22 am

    One of my childrens favorite books is a childrens poetry book I read as a child. It’s amazing how many poems they have memorized!