DIY Magnet Board For Your Kids!

Make learning fun with magnets!


Here’s a fun little pinterest inspired DIY magnet board I made for my kiddos a few years ago. I was looking for an educational/busy activity for a gift rather than spending loads of $$ on toys with a life span of 3 weeks. This was perfect! Easy, affordable, AND educational. I enjoyed putting it together and actually wrapped it on the wall and everything! To make it, I bought an oil drip pan from the Walmart automotive section for about $10 and wiped it down really good with some 409 and let it dry. I’ve heard you can also purchase them at auto part stores for around the same price. I already had a set of alphabet flash cards so I didn’t need to purchase those but the ones below are similar. I ordered the wooden letters (which work MUCH better than the plastic ones because the entire back of them is magnet, so they stick better) on Amazon and then purchased some rubber cement. I then lined up the flash cards where I wanted them, glued them on and let them dry! Easy peasy. Lastly, the hubs used his power tools and anchored it to the wall with some heavy duty screws so it doesn’t move.  My kids love it and play with it all the time. It’s been on the wall for 2 years and still going strong!


Oil drip pan from Walmart… $10.00

If you didn’t want something quite that big, you could also use a cookie sheet. This would be a good option if you want to keep it portable for things like road trips.

Alphabet Pocket Flash Cards… $6.99

If you wanted, you could leave out the flash cards and just use the drip pan or cookie sheets for your letters. You could also add other fun magnets or small items with magnets glues to the back. So many possibilities!

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Alphabet… $11.99


 Hours of noise fun and mess entertainment for your little ones… PRICELESS! 🙂

Here are a few more fun magnet options…


Foam Magnets – Letters – $14.10

  • Includes 120 pieces
  • Ages 3+
  • Help kids practice their spelling and build their word skills

Melissa & Doug 20 Animal Magnets in a Box

Melissa & Doug 20 Animal Magnets – $10.99

  • 20 of Your Favorite Wild and Domesticated Animals In One Compact Wooden Case
  • Ages 2+
  • Improves fine motor skills
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set – $19.99

  • Helps teach the alphabet, phonics and early vocabulary
  • Helps children learn about letters and words
  • Includes 26 letter tiles and tile reader


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Types: Crafts, Family, Kids
Categories: Inside The House


  • I saw something very similar to this on Pinterest too!
    Instead of an oil pan, use an old baking sheet (we all have a few that burn the bottoms of cookies, and that food always sticks to, yuck!). Cover up the nasties on the bottom with contact paper/ scrapbooking paper. Mount to the wall, and voila!
    I think yours is quite a bit bigger than a baking sheet, and looks very nice all shiny. This project is on my x-mas to do’s for this year!

  • I love this idea! Thanks for this great post Jessica!

  • I was hoping to find the pocket size flash cards somewhere other than amazon to avoid shipping, but not luck. Does anybody have any suggestions?

  • This is also good for much older children. Look at homeschool sights or educational bookstores and find the magnetic creative writing words. My kids loved (3 are out of the house) to make the craziest sentences and stories. They would put together a sentence and someone else would continue the story. My youngest and I are doing this now and it is a great way for them to really get into creative writing without, shudder, writing!

  • I love the idea, but also wanted to remind people that you can get cheap alphabet magnets at dollar trees, or you can find sometimes at goodwill….dollar tree also has the foam letters and numbers that you can always use as is, or you could glue a magnet to them.

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