Top 5 Tips for PWP with Magna-tiles:
1. Work on basic concepts while playing with your magnetic blocks. Magna-tiles come in many sizes, shapes, and color so you can teach these concepts during play. Get down on the floor with your child and take out a variety of tiles. Then, have your child sort or match the tiles by color or shape or size. You can add and model language during this activity to highlight the basic concepts. Try using sentences such as, “I see you found a yellow block” or “Look, that tile is a triangle.” You can also model sentences to compare and contrast which is another important concept for children to understand. Say “This blue block is large and this yellow block is small.”
2. Encourage cooperative play and social skills while building a shared structure with a group of 2 or more children. Start by giving one of the children just the triangular
3. Build while targeting following multi-step directions. Give your child a few
4. Play a barrier game to teach descriptive concepts and location words. For this activity, it is crucial that you and your child have the same set of blocks. You don’t need to have many (i.e., 5-10) in most cases but be sure you have the same size, shape, color of each piece. The next step is to set up a barrier between you two, so you cannot see each others’ work. Then build or create a pattern with your
5. Use magnetic blocks as a reinforcer game to play with children working to improve their speech sounds. If you’re struggling with your child to complete their speech therapy homework, this will be a fun idea! Take your magnetic blocks and write, with dry erase marker or on pieces of tape, different numbers on each block. Just put one number on each block. I stick with primarily 2 through 5 written on each block with a few zingers like numbers 7-10 and a fun FREE block. Use your provided word list to practice the speech sounds in words, phrases, or sentences as you create. For example, if your child draws a block with the four, then they practice 4 words or sentences.
Magna-tiles are not just for building; they are for building speech and language skills. Time to get out and start Playing With Purpose!