Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cereal Box Magnet Mover

I've seen this idea, in number of different forms, in various craft books. This version is close to the one in Mary Doerfler Dall's Little Hands Create! Art & Activities for Kids Ages 3 to 6.


  • an empty cereal box
  • a marker
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • a paper clip
  • and a refrigerator magnet

Cut the flaps away from one side of the cereal box, so you have a plain, rectangle of cardboard.

Draw a simple figure on the crease of one of the side pieces.

Cut the figure out, keeping the bottom flap, to fold under, so the man will stand.

Slip the paper clip onto the flap.

Draw a twirly path on the rectangle, with a start, and finish line.

Hold the cardboard in one hand. Place the man at the start line. With your free hand, hold the magnet underneath the cardboard, and use it to direct the man along the path.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

I like that she's using a Leap Frog letter magnet to do this. This seems like a super fun idea.

Deborah said...

Would also be super cool to do with little paper cars:)

Fairion said...

Oh how fun. It will go perfectly with out People of the World theme next week.

Wonder Mom said...

I love the simplicity of this...

Debbie said...

These are always so fun to make and watch our kids have fun with!

Raising a Happy Child said...

So much money saved on so-called magnet mazes :) Great idea!