When it comes to choosing whiteboard magnets for the workplace, most people are simply concerned with getting something that works and is cheap. The same cannot be said when buying magnets for locations where children will be one of the primary users of the whiteboard, however, as they care more about how 'pretty' or 'cool' the shapes are than they do about their functionality. If you work in a school, daycare centre, kindergarten or other children-dominated area, you will find that the following whiteboard magnets are popular:
- Alphabet: There are a number of reasons why these magnets are popular, the first being that they are often brightly coloured and attractive for little fingers. They do, however, have a more practical use in that teachers can use them to help teach spelling, grammar and other little lessons that often arise in the classroom.
- Bricks: Like the alphabet whiteboard magnets, these ones are often brightly coloured and fit snuggly in the palm of a little hand. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them similar in appearance to Tetris pieces. As well as being highly attractive for the children, teachers can also use these magnets in their lessons, specifically when teaching shapes.
- Words: These magnets often come in a large sheet that the teacher must cut up or break apart into smaller words. Children will often have fun putting up messages to each other on the whiteboard, and teachers find them useful for a number of writing and story-telling exercises, as well as for spelling and grammar.
- Dolls: Whilst these whiteboard magnets have little bearing in lessons, they are very popular with children because they form mini dress up manikins. These dolls are available in a number of different themes - from ballerinas and nurses to firemen and policemen - and are suited to both boys and girls.
- Homemade: Children tend to love looking at and playing with magnets that they have made themselves. This can make a great arts and crafts project for a class of youngsters to work on. Whilst they are commonly made out of felt, they can also be made out of plastics, metals, painted plaster and so on.
When it comes to choosing whiteboard magnets for children, it is important that you take into account the colour and how 'fun' they will be deemed. This will ensure that the children will respond positively to the use of magnets in the day to day running of their classes, as well as providing the teacher with an additional aid for getting the information across.