Feb 262013
 

3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

Recently the kids and I spent a day having fun with magnets.

Magnet sensory bin

Our day started with a magnet sensory bin. (I LOVE sensory bins!) I used white rice as the base and then put in in some magnets from our Fun with Magnets kit. Then, I tossed in a variety of magnetic and non-magnetic objects for the kids to explore.

3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn #sensoryplay || Gift of Curiosity

Both of the kids picked up a magnet and started exploring with it.
3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn #sensoryplay || Gift of Curiosity

3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn #sensoryplay || Gift of Curiosity

They liked to see what objects would stick to the magnet.

3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

3 ways to have fun with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

Using a magnet to remove a paperclip from a bottle

After they had explored the contents of the sensory bin for a while, I showed the kids how they could use a magnet to get a paperclip out of a bottle. QBoy and XGirl took turns doing this several times each.

3 ways to have fun with magnets: use a magnet to remove a paperclip from a bottle - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

Painting with magnets

Then I introduced them to magnet painting, an idea I originally saw on Rockabye Butterfly.

I had the kids squirt globs of paint onto a paper plate.

3 ways to have fun with magnets: paint with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

Then, they dropped a paperclip and a metal nut onto their plates.

3 ways to have fun with magnets: paint with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

Then they used a magnet beneath the plate to move the paperclip and metal nut through the paint. This was a bit more challenging then I had anticipated as the items on the plate did not seem to stick to the magnet as well as I had thought they would. But it worked well enough.

3 ways to have fun with magnets: paint with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

3 ways to have fun with magnets: paint with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

The kids loved this activity, and asked to do it more than once. Here is the end result!

3 ways to have fun with magnets: paint with magnets - #handsonscience #kbn || Gift of Curiosity

 

Do you have other ideas for learning about magnets we should try? If so, please leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear your ideas!

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  21 Responses to “3 ways to have fun with magnets”

  1. Great activity! Can’t wait to make a trip back down soon and see how QBoy and XGirl are doing! Miss you all sis!

  2. Love that magnet painting idea. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  3. I love the paper plate idea…I will have to try that with my boys!

  4. Wow what a neat activity! I will have to try this with my 3 year old.

  5. Great magnetic ideas! I will have to pin them for later. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  6. I love the magnetic sensory tub! I have a basket of magnets like that in my classroom…LOVE Magnatiles!

  7. Great activity! I love tha magnet painting.:)

  8. What awesome magnet activities! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids’ Science Activities Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-science-activities/

  9. Fun ideas…we have magnet painting on our to-do list :-)

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  10. I LOVE this magnet and paint idea. We will be trying it soon!

    Thanks for linking up to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! Blessings!!

  11. I like the challenge of getting the paper clip out with a magnet.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  12. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tots! I’m featuring your post this week on In Lieu of Preschool: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/more-must-see-sensory-bins/ Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Off to pin your post. Thanks again for sharing! :) ~Genny

  13. Great post! Have to get a magnet wand.
    I like the posts so much I featured it on our “The Kid’s Co-op” post!

  14. I featured your post and magnet sensory bin photo in my post today at Living Montessori Now.

  15. Magnet bins are awesome to play with & I love the challenge of moving a paperclip through the rice! The following is an easy & fun activity that’s heavy on problem-solving & critical thinking. Use recyclable plastic water bottles to make 5 Discovery Bottles. Fill one with colored water & oil, one with rice, one with popcorn kernels, one with store-bought sand, and one with corn syrup. Inside each bottle add different little items that are magnetized and others that are not (small plastic letters, glitter, coins, shells, glass beads, screws, paperclips, pony beads, nuts & bolts, etc). If you have magnet paddles, they’re perfect to manipulate the items inside. If not, get a child size pair of thin winter gloves & hot glue heavy duty magnets to a couple of the fingertips. The sensation of feeling the “pull” of the magnets is pretty cool, too.

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