As a lover of all things neat and clean, I love the magnadoodle. It's a simple toy with lots of potential uses.
- hold your child's hand around the magnetic pen and help him/her draw a counterclockwise circle. Practice this a few times, then see if they can do it themselves.
- Identify the shape as a circle, or the letter Oo, depending on your focus. Tobias' grandpa showed him this as an O so that's what Tobias calls it. In fact, he finds O's everywhere now, including shouting out O! because there was an O in the sign in the otherwise silent library. Libraries are too quiet anyway, right? :)
- Let your child have fun scribbling, even if their "O" looks nothing like the real thing that's okay.
- Continually reinforce the counterclockwise circle, it will make handwriting easier later on because letters with circles are drawn counterclockwise.
Extensions: sit on the magnadoodle.... what, that's not how they're supposed to be used? ;)