Need a quick independent activity for your children? You’ll love this easy magnet block ball drop activity from Julie.
Some days my kids are stuck on me like glue.
In the laundry room? They’re there.
Sweeping under the rug? They’ve got to help.
Washing up the dishes? You guessed it.
My little helpers are right beside me!
While I love the help, sometimes I’ve just got to get things done without little hands in the mix.
Or try these amazing tips to keep baby busy in the kitchen.
We recently had one of those “stuck like glue” days, and I stumbled on this simple ball drop activity to keep my kids busy in the kitchen.
Try an Easy Magnet Block Ball Drop Activity for Fun Busy Play
Next time you need a quick busy activity to occupy your children, I highly recommend this super easy independent play idea!
For your magnet block ball drop, you’ll need just a few materials to get your child started:
- Magnetic blocks or tiles
- Small rubber ball or ping pong ball
- Refrigerator or large metal cookie sheet
- Net (optional)
- Magnet letters (optional)
DIY Your Own Magnet Block Ball Drop Activity
Since my children are smaller, I helped them get the ball drop started.
First, we set out a line of magnet blocks flat on the refrigerator.
After a while, my son experimented with placing blocks to form a 3D ball drop maze.
He had to try again quite a few times to make sure the maze was strong enough to hold the ball. After a few experiments, he discovered that a bottom support and side triangle support combined to create a super-strong structure.
Support your budding engineer with an idea to build towers without blocks!
To top off the fun, my children loved trying to catch the ball in a net below. This activity is a great solution for keeping big kids and small kids busy at the same time.
My older child dropped the ball, and baby sister loved chasing it if it escaped the net!
When you’re trying to entertain multiple kids, try these ideas for two (or more) kids under four.
Along with problem-solving, this simple activity also encourages fine motor skills, counting, and geometry.
I even added in a bit of reading practice by spelling out the word “drop” with our magnet letters! Sneaking in reading practice is so much fun, especially with games like these alphabet activities for preschoolers.
I’ll be pulling out this simple magnet block ball drop activity the next time I need to wash dishes for sure!