Last week I wrote about magnetic number sets and I described wall mirrors for the classroom. This picture shows how beautiful wall mirrors can be and how even the youngest children can benefit from looking at their own reflections. Using this space as a play area can also be an effective way to encourage children to use manipulatives, especially if they are not “table-top” players. In addition to sets of numbers or letters that are brought out as frequently as needed, there are plenty of other manipulatives that can be added to your magnetic play space.
I like this sorting center. Children can sort the items into the paint cans by color or type. Teachers can hand out the magnets and ask the children to put them in the color-coded can, or children can create their own activity. Magnets are often hard to take off a flat surface so they might frustrate younger children (chunky magnets are better for little hands and younger fine motor skills) but for your older 3s and 4s, this might be a really satisfying set.