Magnetic vs. Non Magnetic Experiment

Give this Magnetic vs. Non Magnetic Experiment a try!
Magnetic vs. Non Magnetic Experiment

I picked up this magnetic wand from the Lakeshore Learning Store ($1.99) and put together a small box of items for B to experiment with and sort. I modeled how to do it with a few pieces and he took over from there. Now he hunts for things to test out and says “Let’s see what will happen!”.

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  • Reply eidolons

    We’ve done this – when my oldest was younger. What is it about kids and magnets? My one-year-old *loves* magnets (which is sometimes a problem). We have some magnetic darts that he wanders around the house with, sticking them to door handles, drawer pulls, computer cases – even occasionally wall studs!

    I remember the day he found out that he could make the darts stick to his shirt by putting one on the inside and one on the outside. To see his eyes light up.. it was magical. (:

    January 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    What a fun activity! I need to pick up one of those magnetic wands!

    January 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Kiasa

    I LOVE magnets. I use to teach science and still have lots of magnets for my little ones to play with when they are little older. Recently on a trip the the american museum of natural history I found a magnet wand stashed in my bag and we tested it on the giant iron meteor…and then everything else in the museum. So fun!

    January 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Our Little Family

    Love the idea of having him sort the items! We had a basket for magnetic exploration (that sounds silly! Ha!) but put it away a while back. I will definitely have to pull it back out, add some NON-magnetic items and sort. Fun!

    January 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Our Country Road

    Very fun idea. I think my DD will enjoy doing this! Thank you 🙂

    January 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    I love magnetic wands! Fun activity.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    I love magnetic wands, and I love Lakeshore, I could totally break my budget there. Would you link this up to my Science Sunday post?

    January 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I love this! I love how you’ve made the smiley and frowny faces for him to sort onto – what a great idea! Matthew loves to take magnets off our fridge and try sticking them on things around the house. I know he’d love this activity… I just need to find one of those wands!

    January 7, 2010 at 3:41 am
  • Reply Jenny

    How fun! I so wish we had a Lakeshore Learning store near us!

    I have an award for you:

    January 7, 2010 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Raising a Happy Child

    This is an experiment after my own heart – no big prep necessary and fully self-directed. Thanks for sharing it!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Mama to 3 Blessings

    What a great experiment! Good idea – gathering items around the house too! 🙂

    January 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    Thanks for linking up!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Montessori Moments

    Hey, I love this!
    I have done this activity before too, but I love all your items!
    Thanks for sharing

    January 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm
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