Monday, August 18, 2014

Magnetic Exploration Tray

I found this idea in one of my old Early Childhood Education textbooks and figured it sounded easy to put together, fun, and free, which makes it perfect for us. I gathered a selection of small items from around the house, trying to find a mixture of magnetic and non-magnetic things. I put everything on a tray with Erik's magnet wand and left it on the coffee table for him to discover. 
The round thing near the bottom right-hand corner is a petri dish filled with iron filings and hot glued shut. We found a bottle of iron fillings and the magnet wand at a teacher supply store. 
Erik wasn't sure exactly what to do with all this stuff at first, but it didn't take him too long to figure it out. It was fun to sit and watch him explore the different items to discover which stuck to his wand. 
Metal measuring spoon=magnetic

Plastic baby  spoon=not magnetic
This was a fun way to get Erik interested in some science and exploration of the world around him. Plus it was free and you can't beat that!

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