WHAT: CMS NeoPin (neodymium pushpin magnets pack of 10) CMS Ceramic Domino Block Pins (Pack of 12) by CMS Magnetics
DOES: makes your refrigerator, steel door, steel surface into an easel and SO MUCH MORE
INVEST: $9.99 for each set
TOOLS: My Body Needs to Move, Think Like a Scientist/Engineer (strong magnets inspire curiosity), Family Fix-it (because you are going to need some on the kitchen fridge- Fall is the season for organizing)
EXPERT OPINION: Aimee Prainito, Occupational Therapist, Prainito Pediatric Therapy
Giveaway Details below- FOUR WINNERS TOTAL
On the weekend after my Magnetic Wall of Magic was created, I ran straight to Staples to find some large paper and magnets to have my kids paint a small mural. I bought Dual Surface Project Paper from Staples ($7.79) and some magnets and put it up to paint.
I was so excited, cut up a large size square from the roll and stuck up the paper onto my wall only to become disappointed.
No, the paper didn’t fall off but I didn’t feel like the magnets were going to be strong enough to withstand pressure from a stroke of a thick paint brush. I know I could have bought larger magnets but they weren’t that cheap. Some of the stronger ones had clips or hooks and that isn’t what I wanted.
Not All Magnets are Created Equal
The kind folks at Magnamagic told me that neodymium magnets were good for their walls. You might have seem them. Grown-ups use them. Sometimes they are tiny and thus used as a prettier way of putting up notes on a fridge or a magnetic bulletin board.
I had looked for neodymium magnets in the neighborhood and had no such luck. Finally, online, I found some very cute ones that looked similar to game pieces that you would see in a game like Sorry. Soon, they were at my doorstep! Yeah!
After talking to Aimee Prainito of Georgia-based Prainito Pediatric Therapy who talked to me about the benefits of a magnetic chalkboard wall, I told her about my awesome magnets and she gave me a cool idea for an activity that I could do with them that would support the critical building of shoulder and core trunk stability that would help support handwriting and even paying attention as discussed in the first two reviews of the Magnamagic.
She said that pushing a magnet through a maze that was drawn on the chalkboard would be a very fun exercise that would help these strengths. Then I thought about what magnets I had and realized there could be even more benefits.
I showed Aimee some pictures and she told me that she thought they coud serve to improve what is called the neat pincer grasp. “This grasp is using the pad of the index finger to oppose the pad of the thumb. This is the most mature grasp a child/adult will have in their lifetime,” Aimee explained. “This grasp is required for all fine motor work, this is the precision grasp.”
Wow. I just wanted cute magnets that they could use to hold up paper for painting! I didn’t know they were good for “weight training”?!?! But it makes sense!
How does the “work-out” really work?
“By using the push pin magnet, the child will also have to use some strength to grip it and pull it either off the board completely or by pushing the magnet around, like through a maze.,” again Aimee comes up with brilliant ideas. “By pulling it off, the child is working strengthening the muscles within the hand that are required for in hand manipulation skills.”
Seriously, who would know this? But wait there is more.
“Also, by pushing the magnet through a maze, they are working on their visual-motor skills (eye -hand coordination skills),” Aimee said. “This is through visual scanning. They also have to motor plan how to get the magnet through the maze without crossing lines.”
Well how about the fact that they are super super strong and you can use them to put up cards on your fridge! But remember, that they are super strong and if you have little ones at home then I’d wait before buying these. The good people at CMS care about kids’ safety and expressed that concern to me. The thing is, that if you have these magnets at the base of the pushpin shaped encasing, it can become dislodged. But then I have to think practically because you sort have to recognize the power of the magnet and forgive it for clinging onto the fridge rather than its plastic encasing. Once the plastic casing is off, then for the small ones, you have to be concerned because the Super Large Pushpins are kind of big but still… if you are worried, go for CMS Domino Block Pins.
If you use it for magnetic chalkboard walls like mine, dislodging is less likely to happen. For us, it’s not a big deal here because my kids are over 5 and so I don’t worry about those things anymore. But again, when in even a little big of doubt, opt for my rectangular favorite also being given away, the CMS Domino Block Pins (12 in a pack).
Time to Win Your Own Set of Super Strong Magnets (Super Large Pushpin (10) or Domino Block Pin (12)! FOUR WINNERS TOTAL! Winner can to choose which set he/she prefers. Remember to follow the rules! The winning game can only be shipped to the U.S. Ends: May 7, 2012 12:01 AM EST
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