Looking for Magna Tile ideas for kids to build? Choose one of 250+ printable Magna Tile designs and build away! There are letters, numbers, geometric shapes, 2D/3D creative designs, animals, and seasonal ideas.
No matter how exciting and engaging at first, most toys eventually fall out of favour. Sometimes interest comes back after a break. And other times, there needs to be a prompt, a challenge, or a new way to look at an old toy.
Magna Tiles have been a firm favourite in our house for over three years now. There were months when they were taken out of their box every day, and there were also months when the kids didn’t play with magnetic tiles much. Very often though, the return of their interest coincided with finding one of those printable design cards that I had made for them in the past. They would try to replicate the design, and in no time they would be sucked into the world of magnetic play all over again.
Even as I was taking photographs of some of the cards, they got attracted to the activity. You will be able to see their hands on some of the pictures, busily working on solving the magnetic puzzles.
Yes, they do treat these Magna Tile ideas cards as puzzles and challenges. They’re capable of coming up with their own designs, but there is a certain challenge involved in repeating the pattern on the cards that appeals to them in a different way.
While playing with Magna Tiles develops creativity, working on cards helps with problem-solving skills. There is a certain sense of satisfaction for the kids when they get the design right – they have solved the problem!
Different Magna Tile Ideas
We made the first Magna Tile ideas cards shortly after my son turned three – they featured uppercase letters of the alphabet. Being a very hands-on kid, who likes to make whatever he is learning about, he asked me to build a couple of letters for him. Eventually, we did the whole alphabet. I photographed it so that he could come back and make the letters again.
After that, we made lowercase letters, numbers, geometric shapes, and 2D and 3D designs. It was fun, so we started making themed packs and added animals, spring designs, autumn designs, and winter designs. In the end, we got over 250 Magna Tiles ideas in all the packs!
Alphabet Magna Tile cards (both uppercase and lowercase) are great for preschool or kindergarten literacy centres, whether in a homeschool room or a traditional classroom. They actually work well in a Montessori environment! Everything in this activity is neatly contained, and children can easily check their work according to the printable designs.
Number and geometric shape Magna tile designs would also make a nice addition to a math centre.
And the pack of 2D creative designs is simply fun to build with! The designs on the cards are two-dimensional, but they give ideas for connecting the magnetic blocks in different creative ways that can be used in three-dimensional constructions as well.
Of course, three-dimensional designs are where Magna Tiles really shine! After all, you can build some very intricate architectural structures and even incorporate other toys into the structures.
The 3D creative designs pack also includes some geometric forms. It teaches children their proper geometric names and also introduces the idea for how they can be built. After all, once you can build a cube from Magna Tiles, you can easily make a box from paper or wood.
Magna-Tile Animal pack provides a connection between building and studying zoology, making it a great STEAM project!
Both in a homeschool environment and a traditional classroom, it is nice to rotate activities depending on the season, and that’s why we created seasonal magna-tile designs. There are separate idea packs for spring, autumn, and winter. You can also get them together in a bundle. The summer one is coming soon.
And you can always try a free sample of the designs!
Why Use Magna Tile Idea Cards?
Working with Magna Tile printable cards is beneficial for:
- Studying the alphabet, numbers, and geometric shapes in a hands-on way
- Developing critical thinking and engineering skills while working on building challenges
- Practising matching skills, counting and patterning
- Building on vertical surfaces, such as magnetic white boards or fridges
- Giving children a chance to look at a familiar toy from a new perspective
Magna Tile Alphabet Cards
- Entire alphabet on two sheets of paper: good for quick reference
- Four letters on one sheet: convenient card size
- One letter per sheet: close to full-scale and easiest to replicate
Magna Tile Number Cards
Numbers from 0 to 9 come on cards in three different scales:
- on one sheet of paper: good for quick reference
- four numbers on one sheet: convenient card size
- one number per sheet: close to full-scale and easiest to replicate
There is a bonus – two ways to build “4”, depending on your curriculum or preferred method!
Magna Tile Geometric Shapes
The Geometric Shape set is a little different than the rest of the cards. Other than printable cards with designs, it also includes challenge cards. Challenge cards give an idea of what shape to build and what tiles to use, but they do not show the design. For example: “Can you build a rectangle using four right triangles?” For children who cannot read, a picture of the shape is included.
There is a “solution” card that can be either printed on the back of the challenge card or used alone for building inspiration, just like all the other Magna Tile idea cards.
Creative Magna Tile Designs
2D Creative Designs was one of our favourite set to create. We made designs for a heart, a Ferris wheel, a butterfly, a rocket, a hot air balloon, a mandala, and many more!
Some are simple enough that toddlers can work on them. At two years old, my son loved repeating the magna-tile designs from the booklet that came with the toy. That booklet is long gone, though, so we wanted to make a set of our own designs for his little sister to recreate.
But there are also some more difficult designs that will provide a little challenge and a lot of inspiration for older builders.
The same is true for Magna Tile 3D Creative Designs. When working on that pack, we tried to pull together all the best ideas we had over the years of playing with magnetic blocks and put them into this pack.
Have your children tried making doll furniture from Magna Tiles?
This is just an example of a bed, but when children look at it, they start generating more ideas, “Could I also build a chair? A table? Maybe, a bunk bed? Can I build a whole room for my doll?”
And this was the premise behind creating the pack of printable 3D designs for building from Magna Tiles. It is not just a collection of 3D puzzles to build (though there are plenty of those), but also a collection of ideas for using Magna Tiles to generate play ideas.
In order to make a connection with a new topic of study, it sometimes helps to tie it in with an interest that your children already have.
If your children love building with Magna-Tiles, this pack of printable animal designs can act as a path to an animal lesson! Vice versa, if your children love animals, this pack can give life to the old toy by challenging them to build animals with magnetic tiles.
We like to combine learning with holidays, and the seasonal magnetic tile ideas work great for that. The kids can build seasonal designs while celebrating holidays throughout the year—Valentine’s Day, Easter, Earth Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and many others!
The seasonal Magna-Tile bundle also features many seasonal designs that are not holiday-specific, but rather relate to certain seasonal activities (ice skating in the winter, umbrellas and rain boots in the spring, leaves and actors in the fall).
It was for this bundle that we first tried using stickers too. They are optional but they do give a new layer of creativity to building with magnetic tiles, as kids can use our printable stickers and also add their own designs. Check out the haunted house from the autumn design pack!
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You can also try a free sample with two designs from six of the packs.