The other day the three chicks and I were strolling through Target like we usually do once or twice a week when we came across the magnetic alphabet. This pinned idea, spray painting magnetic letters gold, came to mind and so home they went with us.
Sadly, there was only one so we won’t be spelling anything that requires two of any one letter but for now, learning the ABC’s is all we can hope for anyway.
I would just tell you to run thither for the tutorial but the pinned link appears to be broken so let me give you a run down like I like to do.
First I pulled out my favorite gold spray paint, Rustoleum’s, and laid the letters out on a cardboard box.
I was anxious to get the girls using them so I only did one coat but I wish I’d have done two. I’ll explain in a minute.
Before I do, let me tell you that there is a right way to spray paint itty bitty letters. It’s the way I spray paint most everything actually – from all sides. I started by standing on one side of the box and spraying all of the letters from that side first. Then I moved to the next side and sprayed them all from that side. Next side, same thing. Last side, same thing.
Then I gave each letter a spray from directly overhead. Spraying from all angles makes sure every millimeter of each letter is covered.
So next, for added protection from toddler fingers, I gave each letter a thin coat of this Rustoleum Lacquer that we had on hand (even though the label on the gold spray paint says that a clear top coat is not recommended):
…and regretted it because it took some of the sheen of the gold away. Boo. I should’ve just followed recommendations and went with two coats of gold, period.
Either way, they’re a hit. The girls have spent inordinate amounts of time at the front door, the only expanse of space the magnets bond to at the moment. (We’re thinking about adding a magnetic ‘wall’ somewhere in our house but I’ll keep that cat in the bag until it’s actually done.) :)
We do have a crawler on the loose though so when the girls aren’t at the door with the alphabet, I try to stick ‘em to the fridge lest one gets knocked down without me knowing it and into the mouth of the wee one.
(Dry erase to-do list tutorial here.)
So, spray-painted learning tools. Whoda thunk?