Entertain My Toddler

Play, Learn & Motherhood

  • Kari McManamon



We are huge fans of magnetic toys! There are so many more than just magnet tiles. Which are still amazing! These are our top 5 magnetic toy picks!


  1. Smart Max Safari Animals

These magnets are great for working on fine motor skills and coloring matching. The kids also enjoy getting creative with them by mixing and matching. We have this safari set but there are also dinosaurs and farm animals.



2. Magnetic Robots


These robot magnets are great for creativity. You can mix and match them sooo many different ways! Pieces are a little small so I keep an extra close eye on Eveyln (2) when she plays with them. Max (4) plays with them the most and he really likes them. Its fun to watch him create and then listen to the story he makes up about the robots he creates.



3. My Family Builders


The family builder magnets are a great diversity toy addition. You can mix and match their heads, tops and bottoms. They have very distinct negative and positive magnetic poles and it's been fun talking with Max (4) about that. Evelyn (2) doesn't understand and will get frustrated when they don't go together the way she planned. MyFamilyBuilders.com





4. Magnetic Dress up

This toy is fun for both kids! They are able to dress up "Joey" into a fireman, superhero and much more. They can mix and match him to look silly too! We have this one and Santa is getting a princess one for Evelyn for Christmas. There are many different ones to choose from. I've even seen a dress up horse!



5. Createon Magnet Tiles


Now I know I said there are more magnetic toys than just tiles but these tiles are much different! These tiles aid to tell the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" Which happens to be a favorite story in our house. We have found so many ways to play with these. Color matching, story telling and even a fishing game! There are multiple Eric Carle stories created into these tiles including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"


I hope you enjoyed our magnetic toy picks!!



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  • Kari McManamon

Updated: Dec 3, 2020


Do you need simple Elf on the shelf ideas? Don't worry, I got you!! Here are 3 simple ideas to help get you started!



  1. Minion bananas

If your kids love minions you have got to try this one! Max thought this was hilarious. All I did was take a black marker and draw minion characters onto bananas. Then I made it look like it was all Yellow who did it (Yellow is our Elf's name) This barely took anytime to set up. And after a long day home with kids, I need simple!


2. Elf in underpants


This one would be fun no matter how old your child but even better if you're in the midst of potty training! We had a shelf above our toilet and I put Yellow in a pair of Max's underpants. He saw him first thing in the morning and was cracking up!


3. Ribbon hanging


You can tie ribbon to almost anything and get your elf to hang. Our old house had two lights above our counter which made for a great hanging spot. Keeping him up high is key with little ones. This year is gonna be hard with my super climber of a 2 year old! She's not quite old enough to understand not touching him and she climbs on everything! Wish us luck!

We will be posting all of Yellow's adventures this year on our instagram page. Be sure to follow along!







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  • Kari McManamon

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

These are Evelyn's top 5 toy picks!







Her first pick is this Leap Frog tea set. She's had this since she was one and still loves it. The songs are catchy and she can practice her colors with the cake pieces. This toy also helps in pretend and imaginative play.





These puzzles from Melissa & Doug are great. We have had them since Max was little. They are perfect for little fingers practicing fine motor skills. Evelyn loves animals so these puzzles are well loved right now.



These maga-qubix magnets from magna tiles are a huge hit with both kid right now! Evelyn loves to stack them and since they are magnetic they are less likely to fall over. Not as many meltdowns playing with these lol They are on the smaller size so make sure to supervise if your little is playing with them. Evelyn is pretty good at not sticking toys in her mouth but Max would not have been able to play with these when he was her age.





This dinosaur we actually scored from a garage sale! It's been a great addition to our play room. It sings songs and we can practice colors while feeding it.



More magnet fun! These magnets by Melissa & Doug are my personal favorite for refrigerator magnets. They are nice and big so no worries about choking. We have both these plus princesses, shapes and dinosaurs. There are so many different ones to pick from.



Make sure to click on the images so you can shop Evelyn's favorite toy picks!


*For more toy ideas be sure to check out our amazon storefront!


*For play ideas with some of these toys check us out on instagram!



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