Playing with Magnets Sensory Bin

Magnets are something my girls just love to play with at our house. We have been looking at books that have experiments about them. Our library recently added a STEM section with TONS of new books that are STEM based. We have really loved having these books. The girls wanted to explore some of the experiment books. There were several books that we could check out. We got this months Poppins Book Nook book from that section.

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The book we picked was Step-By-Step Experiments with Magnets. One part that we loved about the book was that it has step by step instructions for you to try it out.

I put together a small paperclip and rice sensory bin for the girls to explore and do some guessing on.

What you need for this activity: rice, paper clips, Magformers and magnets (here are two sets that are similar to what we have: Learning Resources Super Magnet Lab or Lauri – Fun with Magnets).

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The first thing we did was a challenge to see how many paper clips they could put onto a small round magnet. This was great for fine motor. They had to pick up the paper clip from the bin and put it on the magnet.

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We did some fun mixing in the bin with a magnet into the bin to see how much they could pick up. They each took a turn doing the activity. This would fun and each took many turns doing it. To make sure all the paper clips were on and get rid of the rice they have to turn the magnet around 360. They also had fun taking the paper clips off the magnet as well.

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The last challenge I did for them was to take the different shapes from our Magformers, and see how many paper clips they could put on them. The shapes made it different, plus trying to get all the magnets used. This was fun to see them twist and move the shapes around.

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Then it was free for all to see what they could do with the magnets! This was totally fun to watch. They were creative and had fun exploring what they could do with their magnet. It was fun to see some of what they learned while doing experiments using in their free play plus they challenged each other as well.

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Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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7 Responses to Playing with Magnets Sensory Bin

  1. Oh my goodness, we did magnets this month too and why I didn’t think to post THAT for poppins is beyond me, lol. O well I have it schedule for next week, I’ll just come back and link up again, ha! Lve your bin!!

  2. Lauren says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  3. Jill says:

    This is such a great sensory bin! Magnets are a ton of fun to experiment with!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. Jill says:

    I know my kids are going to be drawn to this idea for sensory fun!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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