Learning about magnets and their properties is very interesting for young children. There are experiments with very attractive and easy-to-implement magnets that will stimulate children's creativity and help them to ask themselves questions about the phenomena that can be found in everyday life.
All the experiments that we propose in this opportunity can be done at home in a very simple way and with few elements. The ideal is to integrate the little ones in the entire preparation of the experiment, so that they are actively involved and can deeply understand the reasons for the reactions they will see in each case.
Do you want to teach your children how magnets work in a fun and very educational way? Here we share three experiments with magnets for children that are ideal to arouse their curiosity and cultivate their imagination.
For this experiment you will only need a few small toy cars, a magnet similar in size to the car, a second magnet that can be larger, and some masking tape.
Take the toy car and place the small magnet on top of it. Then fix it to the car with the adhesive tape, so that it is very firm and supported.
Place the car on a smooth surface, then take the second magnet and place it against the car, making sure it is pointing at the opposite pole of the small magnet. You will soon see how the car moves as a result of the interaction between the two magnets.
To create a real car race you just have to prepare several cars with magnetic motors and design a course that they must traverse. Each child can build their own car and then guide it down the track as they race each other's cars.
The materials you will use in this experiment are for everyday use. You will only need a container with a metal lid, a clip, a small string and a magnet.
Take the rope and tie the clip at one end, making sure it's secure. Then take the other end of the string and glue it to the bottom of the container.
Then adhere the magnet to the back of the metal lid. Keep in mind that both the string and the magnet must be well attached to each surface.
Once each element is in place, close the container and turn it over so that the lid is pointing downwards; the clip should be hanging inside the container towards the lid.
Then turn the container again so that the lid is facing up. At this point the clip should still be pointing towards the lid, suspended within the container. Children will be able to perceive this experiment as a challenge to the force of gravity.
Jingle bells that ring alone
This experiment is very attractive for little ones, since it involves movement and sound. All you need is a plastic pot with a lid, bells that can be inserted into the container, and a magnet.
We just have to put the bells in the plastic pot and place it on a stable surface.Then we take the magnet and move it in different directions outside the container and near it, so that the bells can react
What will happen is that the bells will move as a result of the magnet and will sound every time they move. This interaction will be perceived by the little ones with great emotion.
Floating jingle bells
It is also possible to do this experiment in this way: take the bells and put them in the plastic pot, but this time fill it with water.
As you approach the magnet from the outside below and move it towards the top of the container, the bells will also rise and begin to float in a very conspicuous way.