Any Good Magnet Toys for the 'Fridge? Oh, and Good Bath Toys?

Updated on December 13, 2008
S.Y. asks from Pittsburgh, PA
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I love you guys...thanks for all of your responses...:)

My dd just discovered that the fridge is magnetic! I have been letting her play (supervised, of course) with the plumber's and Nancy B's business magnets, but I think she is ready for something better. I am thinking that the alphabet magnets we used to play with would be choking hazards for a 15 month old? Anything new out that could keep her attention while I (attempt to ) cook a meal? :)

Oh, and while I have you, how abut some fun bath toys? Anything a hit with your little ones?

Thanks in advance!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

My son had the Leap Frog Fridge Magnets, and later, the "Word Whammer" ones where they make three letter words and then say the word.
As for tub toys...have you seen the Crayola Tub Crayons? They ARE a mess but my son still loves five and a half. Great stocking stuffer!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

My kids have 2 magnetic sets that they love. They can be used on a magnetic surface or not. One is by Leapfrog. It is a barn with 5 or 6 animals. You have to match the "heads" and "tails" of the animals. Even if the match is incorrect the toy acknowledges the new "silly" animal. There is a little song that Farmer Tad sings and the animals make noises.

The second set is a little fridge that has foods. By putting the the foods in the fridge the kids learn the name of the food, letters, etc.

If you want more specific info on each send me a message. Sorry I can't remember the names of them right now. I guess I'm too tired.

As far as tub toys... cups to pour from, squirt bottles, bubbles to blow and bath finger paints are favorites with my kids. They have a little bathtub basketball set that they like also. The balls are squirters.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I heard this is really a good magnet set that I found on for you and its on sale!
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answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi S.,

Leapfrog makes some great refridgerator magnets - one set is a farm where you have to match the animals - perfect for your daughters age now. My son still plays with it and he is 3. The other one is for when she gets a little older - but it has all of the letters of the alphabet and teaches children the sounds that each letter makes. My son loves this one now. I'm sure you can buy both at Babies R Us or Toys R Us.


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answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi S.. My boys love the alphabet reader and letters from leapfrog. I don't remember what they call it but the letters are on a backing so they all can fit in the same size space on the main piece so there is no chocking hazard and all peices are magnetic. It's a fun for them and they learn too. There are also farm animals and vehicles versions as well by leapfrog.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Vtech or Leapfrog makes a couple. I'm not sure which company it is. They both may have a few. The ones I've seen are one with the alphabet, one with foods and one with transportation vehicles. The alphabet one is geared toward a little older but I've found that the little ones (I have a 9 year old, 4 year old, and an almost 16 month old) enjoy the toys even if they don't understand what they are for (learning your alphabet or words).

I've seen them at both Walmart and Target. I'm sure they have them at Toys R Us as well.

I've also seen some wooden magnets out there where the magnets are the whole back of the wooden piece.

Alternatively, you could make your own. You can get sheets of magnets at office supply shops that you can print on with your ink jet printer. My sister used them to make business cards for her parents (she is a preschool teacher). You could print photos of your babies favorite people or things, cut them to your desired size and put them on the fridge for her to play with.

Anyhow, hope this helps.



answers from Pittsburgh on

My MIL has a fridge toy that is a barn, then the animals are in half and you put them together in the barn and it sings whether you made a match, or what's even funnier is if you don't (it sings "You made cowpig!"). I don't know the name unfortunately. I don't have a magnetic fridge in my kitchen, so I don't have a lot of toys, but I have 1 toy on my basement fridge that is from Leapfrog. It's shaped like a boombox and plays songs, does the alphabet, and I think numbers. As far as bath toys, my son takes anything into the bath with him, but all 3 of my kids love(d) foam soap. I would make pies in the tub with them, "shave" with them, and one time while I was busy at the sink my son used almost an entire can on his sister and turned her into a giant whipped cream looking dessert! I buy it at Wal-Mart and Target.


answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi S.! There are some kid friendly magnet letters and numbers out there! Also for the bath, ducks, sponges, and boats are still the favorites with any child. No matter how old they get! Best wishes.

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