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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com