Magnetic Writing Toy

The ABCs of Writing

As a wise woman once said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, find the fun and snap the job is a game”.

Magnatab does just that. It’s a magnetic board and stylus that put the fun in learning how to write the alphabet and form numbers. Inspired by Montessori’s sandpaper tracing letters that enable kids to feel the shape with their fingers thereby committing the form to muscle memory, Lisa Mahar came up with the idea for Magnatab.

With the help of directional arrows to provide guidance,
children use the stylus to trace letters and numbers correctly. As the stylus makes contact with the board, it creates a magnetic pull that brings the beads from within the board to the surface, providing sensory reinforcement as the forms take shape. To clear the board, children must use their finger to push the beads down, a tactile experience that further aids the learning process. Magnatab is also available in a freehand version. Whichever board you choose, the stylus helps develop the fine motor skills necessary for grasping a pen or pencil.

Magnatab is just the thing for kids who love to play and grown ups who want their children to love to learn.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Angela

    Hello all!

    Angela here from The Grommet team subbing in for the founder of Magnatab. Reinforcing good writing skills is crucial to building confidence in your child. I've worked closely with this product and can say confidently that it's not just for kids! A great way to keep kids engaged and really learning, I'm happy to answer any of your questions.

  • Virginia
    8/23/2013 12:42 PM

    Am I able to get better pricing if I order all three boards?

    Thank you for your prompt response.

  • Arek
    8/24/2013 12:51 AM


    I agree that there should be a bundle. I am a little reluctant paying this much for a toy made in china. Make it here! I'll pay more.

  • Tracey
    8/23/2013 1:05 PM

    Yeah, what Virginia said....

  • Angela
    Angela – Special Guest
    8/23/2013 2:02 PM

    @Tracey @Virginia - great questions! Given the products we see come into our office, we feel this was a good match for something of this quality.

    While we're not offering a discount this moment, you will get free shipping if you buy 3 or more. We're working with our team now to see if we can extend this for any 3 bundles.

    Appreciate your patience!

  • Jeff
    8/23/2013 1:11 PM

    I'm sorry Angela (and Magnatab) but this board is not only over priced it is also NOT a good learning tool compared to most letter tracing systems. Kids who learn to write on boards like these tend to write very blocky letters as there is no need to learn to write smoothly and fluidly, the magnets pop up regardless.

    To reinforce this, watch the video at 44 seconds ( and you'll clearly see the cross of the 'f' appear when the child hasn't even attempted to write it.

    I'm all about learning toys, but this one is NOT one I would recommend.

  • Angela
    Angela – Special Guest
    8/23/2013 1:54 PM

    Hi @Jeff - we find that the sensory reinforcement on each of these boards works well to establish the movement associated with early development of writing.

    Learning to write can be a stressful time for kids, and this serves as a fun way to keep them engaged when they're learning the basics. There are so many different ways to learn. This one we found helps develop more confidence in both letter formation and learning how to hold a pen. By no means should a child be using this alone!

    We appreciate your input & this is interesting to hear. Tell me, what other tracing kits have you come across?

  • Shawna
    8/23/2013 2:13 PM

    Very expensive indeed :(


  • simon
    8/23/2013 2:28 PM

    I think the concept is good. but I do agree w the one person who said the magnets just pop up even though the child has not crossed the f. (the example they gave)

    but as a sensory tool I do see how it can be beneficial. dyslexic children could benefit from this type of tool when learning letters. it would be nice if somehow it could be made to work precisely

    to each movement. that would be an even better foundation for the concept of this item.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    8/23/2013 5:53 PM

    Thanks, Simon. KId-O is watching the board today and very happy to take in valued customers input. That's also why The Grommet likes the board so much - we ask for and value all customer input.

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