Turn your refrigerator into a character learning center for kids of all ages with this colorful set of sixty alphabet character magnets. They are a fun way to teach your children the language of virtues. While younger children can use them to learn their upper and lower case alphabet letters, older children and adults can learn about the virtues that reside within them. After all, who decided that A was for Apple instead of Active, and B was for Ball instead of Brave? We are never too old to be reminded of the importance of being Active, Brave and Creative.
Each 3.5x4cm flexible virtue magnet features a letter and the name of a virtue that starts with it. We included the upper and lower case form of each letter. That gave us 52 magnets, then we added some extra vowels and punctuation to make it easier to spell words, names and even short sentences. That gave us sixty magnets in all in two pre-cut 8.5×8 inch sheets of flexible magnet. They are strong enough to stick to your fridge*, but still slide around easily to make words. They are not the powerful ones that can injure babies. Even so, you know your child better than I do. Don’t use them if your child is under 3 or is still chewing on or swallowing inappropriate objects.
A Tool for Character Education:
Teach your children the language of virtues in order to empower their emotional intelligence. Giving kids the words they need to identify their virtues will help them understand the emotions that those virtues evoke. Adding these magnets to your refrigerator will help make the language of virtues part of your family’s every day experience. What’s more, playing with them and talking about them will actively encourage positive behavior.
One popular activity is to spell the names of family and friends and see if they match their virtues. Another fun way to use them is to reserve a specific area of your refrigerator for each child. Praise your children and reward them with the appropriate magnet when you see them demonstrate a virtue. At the end of the day or week, see how they did. Older children can try to spell words with the letters they’ve earned!
To reinforce the learning process, you can also buy these with a matching Character Building from A to Z 11×17″ poster. Scroll through the pictures to see one of my granddaughter successfully matching the letter magnets to the poster. This will also give you a good sense of their size.
You already know what these virtues mean, but to make it easier to apply them to your children, each set includes a sheet of child-friendly definitions of the 58 virtues mentioned. Can’t wait? For a list of the virtues listed and their definitions, click here to read The ABCs of Virtues.
The new second printing has arrived. The colors are richer, the magnets are stronger and lay flatter, and the lamination is glossier. You will love them.
*If your refrigerator is not magnetic, these can be used on the side of a filing cabinet. There is also magnetic paint you can paint on any wall or board to turn it into a magnetic learning center. Paint a square, or a whole wall.