May 21, 2012

DIY Magnet Board

A long time ago I posted THIS project - the What's Up Weekly Board.  


Then a couple of weeks ago I posted THIS Task Board.  Between the two posts I've had a lot of questions regarding where to find magnet boards.  Well, it's actually crazy easy to make them, so I thought I'd give you a quick how-to today.



1) Find any frame you like and remove everything but the frame.  Spray paint it if needed.

2) Head to a home improvement store.  There are various types of sheet metal in the store, so I always bring a magnet to make sure I'm buying the right one.  (Some won't hold the magnet.)  I found mine in the plumbing section.


It was under $7 for a pretty big sheet of it.


3) Measure the part of the frame that the metal will fit into.  I like to draw the measurement onto the metal with a Sharpie.  My frame was 12"x12".


4) Cut it with tin snips.  Be careful.  Those puppies will cut through anything,

5) Slide it into your frame. 


If you need it to fit more snuggly just cut cardboard to back it.


Now you have a custom magnet board for a really low cost.

I switched our task board to this smaller one because the huge one didn't really fit anywhere.  This little board has helped out a lot.


I haven't had one fit from Rex about going to the bathroom in the morning.  He understands that he has to do his tasks before he can have any sort of screen time and this just really clicked with him.  Baden is still a little young to fully grasp the concept of the board, but he'll grow into it.

And the basic daily tasks associated with the pictures (because someone asked) are:
t-shirt = getting dressed
toothbrush = brush your teeth
bat sign = pick up toys
smiley face = do something nice for someone
book = read a book
toilet = go potty, obviously :)


Tomorrow I'm going to show you where I put the board and the little wall I created for them.  See you then.  Thanks for reading.

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