My kiddos enjoy playing with magnetic letters on the fridge while I cook. Although they can not spell out actual words they have fun trying.
Amazon currently has a HOT deal on SODIAL(TM) Funky Fun Colorful Magnetic Letters A-Z Wooden Fridge Magnets for just $2.65(originally $19.99).
These magnets would make a great birthday gift.
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