When Monkey was younger he played with a Leap Frog Fridge Farm magnet set all the time. I had a stroke of brilliance and bought him the Leap Frog Fridge Phonic set and he promptly abandoned ALL of the magnets. Bugger.
Recently Sunny Day posted about the phonics set and mentioned that she only leaves a few of the magnets out at at time for, in her case, mess control. A very small, dim bulb wavered over my head and I thought, hmmm…I wonder if leaving fewer of the magnets would see less overwhelming to Monkey?
I came home and promptly removed all of the magnets from the fridge except for the letters of his name and within 5 minutes Monkey was exploring them. Woah! So thank you to Sunny Day for providing the spark!