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Exploring Magnets Activities for Kids – Simple Science Experiments

Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

Magnet Experiments for Kids

At it’s simplest form, Science is basically trial and error based on a best guess known as a hypothesis. This magnet activity for kids allows children of all ages from toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners to elementary age students in grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 to explore the properties of magnets with a magnetic field sensory bottle! Children will be able to play and test ongoing magnet science experiments they conceive all in a contained magnet experiment for kids. What a fun way for kids to explore magnets and magnetic fields!¬† This is a very simple to make magnetic bottle that will provide hours and hours of playful science play for kids!

Clear bottle with lid. Iron oxide powder   Neodymium Magnets Sand

Magnetic Field Sensory Bottle

All you need to try these magnet activities for preschoolers are a few materials you can easily pick-up from Amazon or the retailer of your choice:

Magnet Activities for Preschoolers

Magnet Activities for Preschoolers

Basically you are going to pour the iron oxide powder into your bottle. Now close the lid. Now kids can experiment with magnets without having to worry about fillings getting all over.

Note: This activity is inteded to be used with adult supervision. Do not ingest or inhale iron! That is why we use the sensory bottles to allow kids to explore the physics of magnets without breathing or touching the fillings which could potentially go in the children’s mouths.

Magnet Experiments for Kindergarten

Magnet Games for Kids

Wondering why we use a special type of magnets? Neodymium magnets are the strongest permanent magnets commercially available, anywhere in the world. So they allow the magnets to work well through the bottle to allow students to see cause and effect as they experiemnt with the power of magnets and a magneti field.

Note: As these are¬†strong magnets please be carefuly that they do not pinch skin. Magnets should never be ingested or put in children’s mouth. Please only use magnets under close adult supervision. Keep magnets at least 20cm away from sensitive electronic and storage devices such as credit cards, televisions, pace makers, phones, computer hard drives, etc.

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Magnet Science Experiments

The idea of this magnet activity is to allow kids to explore the power of magnets using their own inert sense of wonder and exploration. If they are having  trouble getting started show them how as you move the magnets on the ousdie of the bottle, the iron on the inside shifts and forms unique formations.

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If you use more than one magnet stacked together it is stronger and creates a bigger pull and force on the iron to create larger creations.

Magnet Games for Kids

You can put magnets on each side of the bottle and even move the magnet to move the iron filling to make some really cool formations. Trust me, it won’t take long for kids to be absolutely amazed and fascinated with the science of magnets and they will be happily explore magnets.

Magnet Science Experiments

This is so much fun to play and explore with magnets. As an adult I was even mesmorized by the cool formations I could make!

magnet experiments for children

Magnet Experiments for Kindergarten

Once children have had a chance to explore cause and effect of magnets, add some play sand in the bottle and re-turn the lid. Shake to thorougly mix. Show kids how you can use magnets to remove iron oxide from sand.
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Have children think of some ways this would be handy.
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Magnet Activity

Now that kids have had a chance to explore what magnets do, what can they think of as some of the uses for magnets? Can they think of where you have magnets in your home?
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Magnets are used to make a tight seal on doors such as refrigerators and freezers. They power electronics like speakers in stereos, earphones, and televisions. We use them in a compass, doorbells, microphones, credit cards, computers, and countless other objects. Doctors use magents in scanning machines called MRIs (magnetic resonance imagers) which allow them to look inside a persons body.
Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

Magnets for Kids

Explain that the crust of the Earth’s core generates its own magnetic field caused by currents of electricity that flow in the molten core. We can measure that field at the surface. So we could say that the Earth is, therefore, a “magnet.” Your kids are probably now wondering why we need Earth’s magnetic field because, let’s face it, kids are pretty smart! Well, Earth’s magnetic field plays a very important role – it protects us from the solar winds, creates the magnetic poles we use for navigation and guidance (from compasses to planes). Interstingly, the play between the solar winds and the magnetic field on Earth is what causes the beautiful northern lights!

paper plate magnet maze Get ready to WOW your kids with this magnetic slime kids activity! This magnetic slime recipe allows children to not only have fun, but explore magnets and the magnetic field they create with an epic diy magnetic slime! This magnet activity is perfect magnet science experiment for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. magnet activity for preschool

Magnet Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun ways for kids to explore magnets and physical science? Check these out:

Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos!  The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. capillary-action-science-experiment-for-kids DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc.

Science for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

This amazing color changing slime is going to blow your mind! This heat sensitive slime will actually change color as your kids touch it because it is heat sensitive! This is a super cool project for kids you MUST TRY! Must try summer activity for kids to add to their summer bucket list  Help kids learn about what is under their skin with this fun, interactive, and hands on human body project for kids from toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. This can be a simple life size human body project or use our free printable templates to add bones of the body, organ templates, and more. This engaging science project is EASY and LOW PREP too.  Get ready to WOW your kids with this magnetic slime kids activity! This magnetic slime recipe allows children to not only have fun, but explore magnets and the magnetic field they create with an epic diy magnetic slime! This magnet activity is perfect magnet science experiment for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.

This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!   Look-Inside-a-Volcano-Activity Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.

Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment

There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

Looking for quick and easy magnet experiments for kids? This magnetic field sensory bottle allows toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders to explore magnets for kids in a playful way. Kids will be amazed at the power of magnets in this magnet game for kids. This is such a fun science activity for children to explore magnet science experimensts. 

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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