DIY Toddler Learning Magnets on the Silhouette Cameo {Free Printable + Free Cut File}

It is so easy to make your own free toddler animal magnets, even without a Silhouette (which is why I’m including a free printable for non-silhouette users). You can even actually make this with dollar store supplies.It is so easy to make your own magnets, even without a Silhouette (which is why I'm including a free printable for non-silhouette users). You can even actually make this with dollar store supplies.
My daughter is obsessed with magnets, in fact, we have none left on the fridge from her playing with them and eventually wandering off with them. She loves taking them off and putting them back on the fridge. Instead of going out and buying her some learning magnets, I figured why not just make some on my Silhouette? You could even pop them onto a cookie sheet for your toddler to sit and play with. This makes it portable for something to entertain them on car rides or to behave while sitting in the highchair, which is a chronic problem struggle in our house.

If you have a Silhouette Cameo you can easily use the print and cut feature on printable magnet paper. I didn’t have any on hand, but I have a ton of magnets laying around, so I decided to make some magnets on cardstock and add the magnet backing.

Materials:

*Can be found at most dollar stores. I got mine at Dollar Tree.
Step 1: Open the file in your Silhouette software or open the printable PDF file. Send the file to the printer if you are using the Silhouette. The registration marks should be already turned on in the file, but if not make sure to turn them on before printing.
Step 2: Place the printed image on your cutting mat and send the file to cut on your machine. Use scissors or a paper cutter if you are using the printable version.
Step 3: Laminate each magnet. I went the cheap route and used packing tape. It was actually the perfect size to wrap around each magnet. Trim any excess tape.
Step 4: Cut the magnet strip to fit each magnet. I added super glue to make sure mine stuck. I’d also recommend cutting the magnets long enough that they can’t be swallowed by an eager toddler!
Super easy! This is a great beginner silhouette project and many, if not all, of the materials should be lying around the house. I plan to do more such as numbers, colors, and shapes. You could even print the names of each animal and make a game of matching them to the right image!
Download your free files here:

Comments

  1. Marjie Mare says:

    I love doing DIY projects with the kids, the earlier, the better. Thanks for sharing

  2. Great activity! Very creative to use tape as laminator!

  3. There is magnetic paper?! Must find this! My kids love magnets, I should let them make some of their own.

  4. This is a brilliant idea! My son loves magnets too! I will need to try it

  5. This is such a cute idea! My daughter would love to play with these. I can’t wait to try making them!

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