Recently, a friend of mine mailed us the sweetest care package! She included the most gorgeous dress for our little girl and some fun toys for our boys! As a fellow teacher, she knew the kids of things I would like – books, of course…stickers, most definitely…and check out these fun magnets she sent their way, too!
I decided to use them for a quick little hands-on science activity that was super easy to put together! Magnet Sensory Bin idea, anyone?
Hands-On Science: Magnet Sensory Bin
I gathered our magnets…
…then I used a shoebox size plastic container from IKEA (I use these for everything!) to gather up a variety of different kitchen items…I made sure to include items made of various types of metals, a few plastic utensils, and a handful of wooden items…
The activity? My boys were to take turns choosing an item out of the bin. They were to then guess whether or not the item was magnetic. With our oldest, we asked questions like “Why?” and “What makes you think that?”. Then, they would put their hypothesis to the test! I’m not sure which our kiddos liked more…saying the word “hypothesis” over and over again (That was a new word for them!) or actually testing out the magnets!
This was a fun experiment that could work well at home…in the classroom…as a learning center…any way you want to do it! It was a hit with my kiddos, but I know that older kids would enjoy it as well…and just a heads up, engineer-minded daddies will love getting involved with this activity, too!
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