Today I’m sharing a project I promised on Instagram a few weeks ago: how to make a DIY magnetic board for a stainless steel fridge to use as a play area for your little one, a menu planner, organization center – really whatever you want!
Lincoln’s at an age (19 mo) where he wants to be with either Ben or me pretty much all the time, so it can be challenging to get dinner made, for example, when he’s tugging on my pant leg every minute. I’ve filled a few drawers with funnels, towels, plastic spoons, and strainers that keep him occupied for a bit, but was craving a magnet board for the front of the fridge to not only keep him busy but give him an opportunity to learn something too. Only problem is that we’ve got a stainless steel fridge which isn’t magnetic!
Determined to find a way to make this happen, I headed to Lowe’s and within 5 minutes of searching I had my solution.
I was searching for sheets of magnet board to cut with tin snips to fit the fridge doors when I stumbled upon these pre-cut MD Magnetic Chalkboards that were the perfect fit. Bonus: they’re chalk friendly, too!
I bought two boards plus two boxes of medium command picture hanging strips that hold up to 12lbs. I knew the magnets I was going to buy wouldn’t be heavier than a pound or two, and the boards themselves are pretty light. All I had to do was attach a pair of strips to each corner of the magnet boards, then peel off the back and stick the whole kit and kaboodle onto the fridge.
Next I bought the magnets. I found the cutest Doug and Melissa ABC magnets and Doug and Melissa Animal magnets at Target. As you can see we’re already missing a few letters as Lincoln loves squirreling things away – I’m always finding odd things in random places!
What I’m really excited about though is finally having a home for our LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnet Letter Set. My Mom bought one of these at Kohls several years ago and the grandchildren go nuts for it. It plays a catchy little song for each letter while sounding it out, which seriously works wonders. I’ll ask Lincoln what sound “B” makes, for instance, and he’ll say “buh buh buh”. I’d like to say I taught him that, but nope – all LeapFrog!
I also need to tell you I finally found a stainless steel cleaner I love – this sprayable Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. Before I was using wipes, which just weren’t working. With this spray I can use as much or as little as I want and it’s completely streak free.