Tiny Art with Kids Magformers

Tiny Art Framed by Magformers

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Tiny Art with Kids Magformers

Ever find your kids loving a toy for one season and then completely ignoring it the next?  We go through that all the time.  Sometimes I’ll give away the unused toys. Other times I store more special toys away for a bit and then pull them out later.

Recently I found an old set of Magformers.  With the shorter days and longer nights, I’m on a constant lookout for easy ways to create art with my older son.  After staring at the Magformers for a bit I had a lightbulb moment.  They looked like tiny frames!  And what do tiny frames cry out for?

Tiny art!

Hi! My name is Leslie and I usually blog over at Pink Stripey Socks.  There I share tons of colorful art and craft projects to help you create and connect with your kids.  I’m so thankful that Jean invited me over today to The Artful Parent to share this simple mini Magformer art project.  Hopefully you and your family enjoy trying it out together!

Tiny Art Framed by Magformers Toys

Tiny Art Framed by Magformers

This post contains affiliate links.Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Magformers
  • Scissors
  • Paper (We used watercolor paper)
  • An assortment of drawing supplies (We used watercolors, sharpie markers, and pencils)
  • Clear tape (optional)

Ready to make and frame some tiny art? It’s time to create!

INSTRUCTIONS

Tiny Art with Kids

Step 1:  Trace your Magformers onto a sheet of paper.  Cut out your traced squares to create a bunch of tiny blank canvases.

(We typically paint on larger sheets of paper, so it was a fun and new experience to create mini works of art.)

Making Tiny Art with Kids

Step 2:  Draw, doodle, or paint designs onto your papers.  

Feeling uninspired?  Try peeking around the internet, or read some picture books about different artists.

Tiny Art with Kids Magformers as Frames

Step 3:  Once you’re finished, slide your paper between two Magformers to instantly frame your works of art.

Tiny Art in Magformers Frames

You can use your mini works of art to decorate your refrigerator.

Building with Tiny Art Framed by Magformers

Or, you could also try building with them.

Tiny Art in Magformers Frames

You’ll find that the Magformers connect differently now that you’re using pairs to build.

Tiny Art in Magformers 3D Frame

If you want to create more complex structures, simply tape one of your mini artworks to one Magformer.  Now you should be able to build normally.

Tiny Art Framed by Kids Magformers

Hopefully this art project breathes new life into some old toys.  Happy making, friends!

About the Author

Leslie from Pink Stripey SocksLeslie is a SAHM of two boys who loves gerber daisies and the color yellow.  She blogs over at Pink Stripey Socks. There, you’ll find tons of easy and colorful art and craft ideas for families including ::

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie
    February 1, 2017 at 10:08 am

    These are beautiful! My son started making these last Christmas when he got Magformers. His are all drawn so far, but I bet he’d love adding paint to the mix.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      February 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      That’s awesome that he’s been doing this, Julie!

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    Yvonne
    February 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    THIS is brilliant!! What an awesome idea! I love how you’ve essentially combined two of our favourite things: building and art. I cannot wait to try this (tomorrow!).

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    Kate
    February 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    This is so cool!
    My kids will LOVE this!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      February 4, 2017 at 5:17 am

      ISn’t it, Kate?! It makes me want to get magformers! (Even though we already have three other kinds of magnetic shapes…)

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