Hello everyone! I'm getting this post done as fast as I can being that the twins have finally taken a nap. lol This past week, Caleb's class was learning about magnets in science so I decided to build on that. We have magnets at home so I knew that'd be easy for me to do.
So here's one of our first activities. We cut up some pipe cleaners and put them in a plastic container, like the Crystal light kind. I gave him a small magnet and a bigger one for him to try and pick up pipe cleaners through the container. Then we switched containers and added them to a glass jar and did the same thing. He said he was able to pick up more pipe cleaners through the glass than through the plastic.
The twins were determined to get in on this too. They climbed into a chair to investigate. Cason saw Caleb hold the magnet on top of the jar and he was trying to copy to see what happens. If you follow me on Instagram @cuddleskissesnchaos, you probably saw a video of Cason screaming over the magnets.
We also watched two videos on YouTube over magnets and magnetism. Then, I created a little "fill in the blank" type sheet for Caleb to do.
So... What is magnetic?
I dumped some beads and string out of this Melissa and Doug box and filled it with some random things around the house for him to test. You can get these big red and blue magnets are from the Dollar Tree. I think the smaller ones came as a prize from some school fundraiser years ago. I can't really remember, but they probably sell them somewhere too.
We did this one Friday or Saturday night. The whole house was kind of in on this one. I found this experiment on YouTube and decided it would be fun for the kids to do. We got three different liquids to see how magnets respond through liquids.
We put three paper clips in each jar. I had them make predictions on what they thought would happen and/or how the paper clips would move through each liquid. Then, we tested them. The paper clips moved quickly through the water and oil, but slowly through the corn syrup. We talked about why that was. This became a messy sticky experiment for us. We have impatient and quick pouring people over here.
Ice cream addition
To make math facts more fun, I decided to make little ice cream cones. Who doesn't love ice cream? These were just drawn and cut out of the construction paper. I think I should laminate them because they are just too cute (in my opinion).
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can use some of these activities with your little ones!