Magnets can lead to so many fun adventures! You can teach magnetism to your children, which are non-magnetic and magnetic materials. There are a lot of magical activities that can be done with magnets. So, this super simple set up yields 6 magnet experiments that will amaze your children.
The Anti-Gravity Magnet
If you are just teaching your children about the magnet, this is the best kit for you. With this kit, you will be able to introduce what magnets are, show the different shapes of magnets and can identify the two poles of magnets, the north, and the south pole.
With this kit, children can explore what they can do with magnets. However, children need to understand the love and hate relationship between magnets. Different poles will love (attract) each other but the same poles will hate (repel) each other. With this kit, your children will be able to conduct an experiment on how to move objects without touching them!
It is very important to use simple language when teaching children, especially preschoolers and toddlers. Once they understand the concept, then you may level up and teach them the scientific terms.
You need a magnet and different objects for this activity. Hang the magnet somewhere and try to experiment with the magnet. Can a small magnet attract a big toy without falling? How many paper clips can be attracted by the magnet before it falls?
If you have two different shapes and sizes of magnets, use both to compare the strength of the magnets. With this, you can come up with an observation chart for your children. Children will also be able to learn about different shapes of magnets and their names, too.
Hang the magnets with paper chain crafts! This way, you can spend more time with your children doing art and crafts activity before you proceed to a science experiment with magnets!
Sensory Magnet Sand
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If you want to do a science experiment with magnets, find out if your children can classify different objects to magnetic and non-magnetic materials. If you want to do this experiment to be more fun, use sand, and put different objects in the sand.
Let the children try to explore which objects are magnetic (attracted to the magnet) and non-magnetic (not attracted to the magnet). If you don’t have any sand around your house, it’s time to get all the chalks to be smashed and become your sand. If not, use flour, beans, or rice, whichever is accessible to you in your kitchen.
With this experiment, they can also practice their counting. They can count how many paper clips they can find in their sensory magnet sand.
Magnetic Car Race
Ready, get set, go!
This is the best kit for your children to understand the north and south poles of a magnet. However, they will learn about this practically because they will be doing the magnetic car race experiment.
Every kit of this issue will be provided with two magnetic cars with 4 magnets. Handle the magnets carefully as they are fragile.
To make this more exciting, you can come up with your own racetrack. You can arrange all the objects around you to make the largest racetrack or you can simply draw one on a piece of manilla card.
The Everywhere Magnet
Now! Let us take magnet into a whole new engineering and science experiment.
Materials you will need: 6 Skewer Sticks, 3 Magnets, Yarn, Ring Magnet
Now, form a pyramid with the skewer sticks and use the yarn to tie them together. Place the three magnets on the bottom of the pyramid, each on one side and hang the ring magnet in the middle of the pyramid.
Make sure your pyramid is strong enough for the ring magnet to hang, especially if you are using a bigger size magnet. Now, push the ring magnet and observe how the magnet is moving here and there. The ring magnet is being pushed by the 3 magnets on the bottom that caused it to move here and there!
The Jumping Monkey
Materials you will need: Rubber Base, Stiff Straw, 4 Ring Magnets, Frog Picture, Tape
Now, place the stiff straw in the rubber base, make sure the straw is standing still and stable. Next, arrange the ring magnets one by one.
Make sure to insert the ring magnets facing the same poles. If you place the ring magnets like this, when you push the last magnet on top of the straw, the magnets will look like a spring where they bounce back if you push them. Tape the picture on the last magnet (on the top). Push the magnet on the top and voila! You have a leaping frog.
Ask your children to draw other animals that jump and tape them on the last magnet to replace the frog picture. Can the children name and draw those animals?
Magnets are our favourite to experiment with things with children. The experiments with magnets are so easy and simple to set up but the children are always amazed at the results of the experiments. Magnetic attraction is mesmerizing and magical for the children, so fill your days with these experiments!