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Magnetic Attraction / Pull
Information: The Rule of Magnetism
poles repel and unlike poles attract.
a. Lines of force are three dimensional, surrounding a bar magnet
on all sides.
b. When opposite poles of a magnet are brought together, the lines
join up and the magnets pull together.
c. When like poles of a magnet are brought together, the lines of
away from each other and the magnets repel each other.
The discovery of
magnets was very important as they are used to make electric motors and
generators. Things that would disappear if we had no electricity are telephones,
lights, electric heat, computers and televisions.
magnet activities children should:
* be able to classify objects into magnetic and non-magnetic categories
* be aware that magnets are surrounded by an invisible form of energy
* be aware that magnets push and pull to change how something is moved
offers the following advice for early childhood educators.
When children play
with magnets they will discover that magnets have poles,
that vary in strength,
and that they are attracted to a certain kind of materials.
Magnets are familiar
to most children, few have had the opportunity for extensive purposeful
play with a wide variety of magnets and materials. The more children are
able to play with different kinds of magnets and materials, the more their
minds will magnetically attract new questions and theories. Magnets
are both reasonably priced and durable. Set up everything at a table or
on the floor. It's not important to teach any terms, you can facilitate
their wondering with some of your own and join in on the play.
Various kinds of
Nuts, bolts, and
other little pieces of metal and nonmetal objects
Bingo chips with
One source of free
magnets is a broken VCR or any other piece of electronic equipment.
youngsters to create their own magnetic wands to use as they develop their
depressors, markers, stickers, magnets (with adhesive backing).
demonstrating how magnets work, allow students to make their
own magnetic wands.
Each student will have a tongue depressor with their name
printed on it.
Students may decorate their wand with markers and stickers. I use foil
stickers. Students can peel the adhesive backing off of a magnet
and stick it onto their wand. Students can explore the classroom,
the school and their own home to find objects that are magnetic.
Three teachers share
how they create magnetic bottles and stimulate preschool children's interest
wands or bingo magnets, magnet marbles or nails, screws, bottle caps or
any small metal objects & 2 litter plastic pop bottles.
the wrapping from two or three 2 litter plastic pop bottles.
Place the small
metal objects inside the pop bottles and secure the lids. Have the children
rub the magnetic wands over the outside of the pop bottle and the magnets
will pick up the metal objects through the plastic. Explain in simple terms
how magnets work.
pop bottle (small), magnetic marbles, magnetic wand, water, and a
couple of non-magnetic
the label off a clean pop bottle, place 2-3 magnetic marbles, 2-3
non magnetic objects
into the bottle and fill the bottle with water. Place the lid on very tight.
Teachers / adults can hot glue the
lid to the bottle.
Place the bottle
& 1 wand in your science center. Children love to move the marbles
around. Talk about
why some marbles move & others don't.
Materials: 16 oz.
bottle, baby oil, water, paper clips and a magnetic wand.
baby oil and water in a bottle. Place paper clips inside the
bottle and put the
lid on tight. Now let the kids use the magnetic wand to move
the paper clips
inside the bottle.
Young children become
aware that magnets push and pull
to change how something is moved while painting and using hand eye coordination
during this magnetic activity by Patty C.
Materials: A piece
of Plexiglas (I use a clear water table cover),
Paint - washable
the Plexiglas on top of the blocks to raise it off of the table.
Put paper on top of the Plexiglas with drops of colored paint on top of
the paper.. Magnetic balls then go on top. children proceed to paint
by using the magnetic wand under the Plexiglas to move the balls throughout
Comments: We only
mix 2 colors but more colors would produce more interest.
creativity during this variation of painting with magnets.
Materials: Two chairs,
benches or blocks,
A piece of Plexiglas
(11 x 14 or larger),
A magnetic wand
or a strong magnet
Metal objects such
as washers, nuts, bolts or metal balls.
Paper and tape
Plexiglas across two chairs, benches or blocks so there is
enough open space
in between for the child's arm to move freely under the
the paper on top of the Plexiglas. Dip washers and other metal objects
in tempera paint and place on the paper. Hold the magnet wand under the
Plexiglas and begin moving the magnet. The magnet will begin moving the
metal objects around the paper to create a picture.
youngsters to build using magnets which helps them to become aware that
magnets are surrounded by an invisible form of energy that can pull.
nuts and bolts, magnet bars.
the nuts & bolts to build with on top of the magnet bars. Ask
children how many nuts can they stack before they lose their magnetic pull.
You will be able to build horizontally also with a few of the nuts.
and Pulls: An Experiment in Force
with "pushes" and "pulls" as a force that causes motion during this activity
items such as magnets, straws, string, tinker toys,
3 x 5 cards, cups,
hangers bent to make a hook (cover the ends with masking tape to avoid
sharp edges), boards to make inclined planes, blocks, etc. and small toys
such as stuffed animals, metal toys, cars etc.
various materials such as those suggested above.
Explain to the group
that their job is to push or pull the toy (such as a
without touching it with their hands. Ask them how they can use
the materials to
push and pull the toy in different ways. If you supply a metal
toy be sure to discuss
the magnet after they have had an opportunity to
Let the children share the various ways that they "invented" to push
and pull the toy.
Comments: They love
this activity and are very creative!
encourages youngsters to explore the Push & Pull of magnets
by using a teacher made tube.
Materials: A long
plastic fluorescent lighting tube which is available in electrical
stores. Small metal objects: paper clips, iron filings, matchbox cars etc.
masking tape and a strong magnet.
the cover from one end of the plastic tube and add your
metal objects. Replace
the cover and secure both ends with masking tape so children cannot remove
the objects. Tape the tube to a wall either vertically (more difficult
for children) or horizontally. Allow children to run the magnet along the
length of the tube to move the objects inside.
Comments: These tubes
are very popular with the children, you may want to make
more than one. The
plastic tubes are sold in different lengths so you can vary
Holiday Gift Idea
offers this poem & magnetic art idea that can be used for a variety
of holiday gift giving occasions.
PAINT- colors depending on the holiday.
Red and green for
Christmas. Pink or blue for mother's or father's day etc.
THICK PAPER- thick
enough so paint from hand prints won't go through.
You can either frame
the poem or add a border around it
Here my hand prints
For everyone to
I had so much fun
Doing this for you.
So look upon this
hand print plaque
Hanging on your
And memories will
Of me when I was
I do my lesson I have the kids choose if they want to use blue or pink
paint. I have them place their hands in the paint and then on the
paper. I make sure their hands don't cover the poem. The size of the children's
hands determines if you can place the border on before or after their hand
prints are on the paper. I use the border instead of frames and place magnets
on the back so it can hang on the refrigerator.
Comments: The activity
is lots of fun and the parents & grandparents love the idea.
children to recognize their names and the letters of the alphabet with
this magnetic activity from Julie.
names written on index cards or pieces of sentence strips.
Uppercase and lowercase
magnetic letters and a cookie sheet.
1. Place name
card at the top of the cookie sheet
2. Find the capital
letter that the name begins with and place it on the cookie
3. Find the next
letter and so on.
Preschool and kindergarten
children explore shapes while using magnets and following directions in
this game from Ellyn.
shapes for each child. You can use hearts, pumpkins, apples etc.
depending on the
season. A magnet and paper clips.
Description: On each
shape, describe an activity for the child to do.
hop 5 times; skip 3 times; turn around 2 times, etc.
If possible, laminate
the shapes, they last longer.
Place a paper clip
on each shape and put them into a box or container.
Using the magnet,
have each child go fishing for a shape.
Most children can
recognize the number (I usually use 1-5). The teacher
will have to read
the activity. The child must try to follow the directions carefully.
Comments: The children
love it. he funnier the activity is, the more excited
the children get.
"What is our Favorite?"
shares this weekly activity saying, "This is a language and math activity.
The children choose their favorite thing from a field of three. After the
children choose, teachers and children discuss which category has more,
less, and the same. We also count the amount in each group."
are two ways to use this activity.
1. If you
have access to a magnetic board for the entire year- metal lids from
frozen juice cans, pictures of the children, magnets, border and sentence
2. If you do
not have access to a magnetic board- outlines of boys and girls,
velcro, 2 poster boards and sentence strips.
Prepare the board:
put three magnet strips horizontal across the board about 12" apart.
Separate with the border. Print "What is your Favorite"
on the sentence strip and tape to the top of the board.
Tape construction paper lines (divide board into three sections) to the
poster board. Laminate the 2 poster boards and then tape them together.
Place velcro pieces onto the boards- space them so the boy/ girl outlines
Magnetic: Cut out and glue the children's pictures to the side of
the lid with the rim.
Have the children color their outlines (boys color boys and girls color
girls). Print the child's name across the chest of the outline. Laminate
and cut out each outline. Put a square of velar on the back of each outline.
I also put a square of Velcro on the child's cubbie to store the outlines
when not in use.
Magnetic and Velcro: Choose three items pertaining to the weeks'
one in each section-
on the far left.
At circle time, Discuss the items you choose (i.e. Apple week- red,
yellow and green apples- we tasted all three first). Have the children
put their outlines or lids beside their favorite.
After all children choose: Count the amount in each group, discuss
more, less and same. Leave up for the rest of the week.
Examples of choices: Three types of vehicles for Transportation
pumpkins with different
faces, colors, different dinosaurs, foods usually eaten at Thanksgiving,
Characters for Storytelling
using magnetic characters to promote verbal skills and imagination.
pictures of popular characters taken from children's magazines and back
with a piece of magnetic tape (inexpensive at craft stores).
A cookie sheet and
paper to document the stories that children dictate.
Description: In a
Quiet Area put characters in a small plastic tub and have a
cookie sheet available
or hung in the room for children to put the characters on.
Ask children open
ended questions to encourage storytelling and document what
they dictate to
Comments: It is very
helpful to know what popular characters the children in
your class are interested
in. If children are excited and interested they are more apt to manipulate
the provided materials. I always like to save the stories the children
have dictated to either make a class book, share at parent - teacher conferences
and / or send home with their end of the year book.
for Puzzles with Missing Pieces
If you've ever wondered
what to do with all those old puzzles, recycle them with these tips
from Leonie in Australia.
magnets, glue and black board paint.
1. With old
puzzle boards turned over to the flat side glue on pieces of
felt, Whoopee, you have an individual felt board.
2. For the
puzzles pieces - glue or stick a magnet on the center of each puzzle
piece and let dry over night. Use on a magnetic easel, cookie sheet
or even on
the garage door like we do at our center in Sydney.
3. Paint the
flat side of the board with black board paint. Whoopee again, you
have chalk boards.
director said that in 20 years of working in Child Care in
Australia, she had
never seen a child care worker use the storeroom garage for an activity.
Cream Cone Magnets
shapes and colors as they gain experience with cutting skills
during this magnetic
craft activity from Tamara.
foamies (make sure you get white and brown), white glue,
magnets (the sticky
kinds) and child safety scissors.
and teachers cut the brown foam into triangles. Then cut circles of different
sizes. The amounts to cut depend on the number of children doing the activity
and how many "scoops of ice cream" you would like each child to have. The
children glue the "cone" and the "scoops" together. After they have dried,
add the self adhesive magnets. Put on the fridge.
objects into magnetic and non-magnetic categories when Danielle B.
introduces the concept of iron and steel. Children use eye hand coordination,
observation and prediction skills during this sorting activity.
dowels, paper towel holders or wooden spoons, pieces of string
cut into 3 foot
lengths, magnets, metal objects that can be picked up by magnets,
two boxes labeled
to children that you will be playing a fishing game. Have the child predict
if the object will be attracted to the magnet or not. Each child then takes
a turn fishing an object out of the box. Place the objects in the
appropriate marked boxes.
When the group is
finished ask, "Why did the magnets catch these
things?" "Why didn't these things get caught?" Discuss the subject
of metal, iron, and steel
Extensions - For
fun attach objects to fish shapes or add numbers or colored fish to enhance
a Magnet for Displays
offers this idea saying, "This is a wonderful way for the kids to make
something for themselves and for their parents. It will be treasured for
This is also a wonderful
fine motor skill activity."
Materials: Thin cardboard
paper or construction paper, magnetic strip, markers, or crayons.
each child a piece of thin cardboard paper or construction
size depends on the size of the magnetic strips you are using. Have the
kids color, with
either markers or crayons, a pretty picture of their choosing on
Then apply the magnetic strip to the back of the thin paper. The kids have
now decorated a magnet that parents can use to hang their children's pictures.
A great way to show
off their child's art work.
Comments: My co-teacher
Elizabeth and I have used this magnet to hang up the
kids art work around
the room. It is wonderful and the kids love to show off their work to everyone
who comes in the room.
Becky S. suggests
the Giant Magnet Book
as a great resource for teachers.
this sorting activity by Kari K. children sort objects into
the categories of those that can be picked up by magnet and those that
can't. They also sort objects by physical composition (e.g.. metal, rock,
small magnets, small boxes containing loose dirt, sand, gravel, cloth,
paper, etc. and white paper.
the children to join you and explain that you are going to look for materials
from outer space.
1. Give each
child (or small group of children) a magnet and a sheet of white paper.
the children to drag the magnets slowly through the materials in one of
3. Have the children
deposit any particles that stick to the magnets onto the paper.
4. Ask the children
why they think some particles stuck and some didn't.
5. Repeat Steps
2-4 for each box.
6. Have them lift
their paper, move their magnets under it, and observe what
7. Explain that
the particles are attracted to the magnets because they are made of
and that some of them (approximately 20%) are from meteorites that
some of the particles really ARE materials from outer space!