Saturday, January 17, 2015

Magnets: Preschooler Science & Art Activity

Well he's already familiar with the concept, with fridge magnets and magnetic alphabets. But this activity was sorta formally explaining it.

He explored 'picking' up as many paper clips as possible with the magnets, so was a good counting activity. He learnt how N LOVES S but doesn't like N. So "chased" one magnet with the other around the table. He sorted things that were attracted to magnet and those that weren't.

The next step was bringing in paints and a cardboard sheet. Dipped paper clips in paint and placed them over the cardboard sheet. Then he moved the clips around with the magnet below the sheet.

I had imagined this as a lot of fun. But probably the sheet was too thick or the paint was too thick and the clip didn't move around too easily! So this lasted for just about ten mins. Will use a thin sheet next time, maybe just paper!

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  1. Great idea, i think we'll give it a go and like you said use paper.

  2. I forgot how fascinating magnets are to children, it takes a while to grasp the science behind them. #ParentingPinItParty

  3. I was obsessed with magnets when I was little. I found them so fascinating. In fact, I could still play with them for ages now

    Thanks for linking up with Monday Parenting Pin It Party x

  4. This is a great way to combine science and art for fantastic results!

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  5. Kids are always amazed by magnets and their sure to entertain them for a while! Looks like he's have a ball! Thanks for sharing with SYC.