My little girl loves to play with magnets while standing next to the fridge, so I decided to make her a bunch with a travel magnet board so she can play with them on the go! This toy has come in handy multiple times - in the car, at church, at graduations, etc. It is easy to stow and keeps her entertained for a long time!
I also can use the travel magnetic board as a dry erase board for when my little girl gets a little bit older.
Step 1: Magnet supplies
First I bought some wooden animals at Hobby Lobby for the magnets. These pre-painted animals couldn't be cuter! They even have fuzzy noses (and in the tiger's case stripes) which makes them extra fun for my 1 year old to play with. Each one was only 66 cents.
There were a ton to choose from...I didn't even buy 1/2 of the selection.
Step 2: Magnets
I just glued a magnet on the back of each one with hot glue. I made sure to press the magnet down really hard while the glue dried. With some magnets I've noticed if too much glue dries between the magnet and the piece, the magnet just pops off when dropped. If I press down firmly while the glue dries my tiny girl can drop it over and over again without the magnet budging.
Step 3: Magnet board
For the travel magnet board, I bought two magnetic dry erase boards for $6 each.
My magnetic boards were 9 inches by 12 inches, so I cut 2 pieces of felt 9.5 inches by 12.5 inches. (I got the stiff felt because it was bigger, but I'm sure any kind would work that was the right size) These were to glue the boards on to.
I also cut 2 pieces of felt the same size (9.5 x 12.5) but cut out a smaller 8.5 x 11.5 square from the center. This left me two rectangular "borders" of felt. This was to put on top of the board to create a nice border around the edges.