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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

More Magnetic ideas!

Preparing for back to school next week!
We are continuing our Magnetic March.

Week One went like this!

Topped off with this fun activity!

Here is some of what we will be doing when we return:

Magnetic exploration box.

Magnetic fishing.

Matching magnet numbers.
I took pictures of the numbers - prepared the matching sheet and laminated it.
Then taped the matching sheet to a tin cookie sheet.

We will add one of our new activities from Toys, Tools & Treasures

Then we will be doing this 'trick'!

See the paper clip laying in the bottom of the bottle?

Now it's floating to the top!


Here's how we did it:
Poke a hole in the bottom of the plastic bottle.
I heated a metal paper clip with a lighter and pushed it through.
Then insert a long thin string - tie on a paper clip once it's through - and make it the length of the bottle.
Tie a knot in the end of the string so it does not go back through the bottle.
Add a dab of hot glue to secure it further. 

Now hot glue a magnet into the lid.
Glue it onto the bottle.
Then you show everyone the bottle - with the paper clip laying down inside.
Then turn it gently upside down and then turn it upright - showing everyone the floating paper clip.

Our next magnetic activity

You will need a magnet and some pennies.
I discovered not all pennies are magnetic.
Check them first to ensure they will indeed be attracted by the magnet.

Now see how many pennies you can attach end to end.

Then take a straw and gently blow on the last penny in the link.

It will spin!!

This should be a fun magnetic week!


  1. Love these ideas, the fish are so cute! and I think I need to head to the dollar store soon.

    1. Thanks so much! Wait until you see my Easter stuff I bought at the dollar store yesterday. You really will need to get to the dollar store!! LOL

      For the fish: I cut the fish out of self sticking foam sheets on my cricut machine - then peeled the backing off and stuck the layers together with the paperclip in between!

  2. Brilliant fun with magnets!

    I love the magic trick, that is very cool!

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks.

  3. So much fun. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

    1. You are so welcome - I am pleased you are enjoying them!

  4. So fun! My mom used to have a special drawer with tricks in it, and magnets were in there. We used to LOVE playing with them. I love the pennies idea.

    1. Thanks for coming by - I love that you have those memories!