Sticking Together

Sticking Together Dave Goodman

A magnetic science experiment that helps a child to understand different objects that stick to magnets.

Materials Needed:

  • A collection of items from the bedroom (Cuddly animals, Coins, Pencils etc)
  • Magnet

What to do:

  • Spread the collection of items on the floor.
  • Touch each one with a magnet.
  • Note down what happens to each object.

The Science Factor:

The magnet does not stick to everything. Magnets have a special invisible power that pulls iron and steel things towards it. Most metal objects stick to the magnet but not things made out of paper, wood or fabric.

Hints and Tips:

  • If you haven't got a magnet, try a fridge magnet.
  • If you have more than one magnet, test to see which is strongest. Make a pile of paper clips and see which magnet can pick up the most.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    knows object properties (heavy, light etc.)

    has organized, continuous memory

    follows and understands complex instructions (verbal and visual)

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Science and Nature, Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Indoor Games, Learning Games, Manipulation Games, Science Experiments
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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Last modified on Sunday, January 25, 2015
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