Clairbourn School: Magnets & Metal

Pre-Kindergarten S.T.E.A.M. Activity

Published : Friday, October 2, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Mrs. Conner’s Pre-Kindergarten class has been experimenting with magnets and metal pieces for the past two weeks. Students, at the ​science ​table station, are searching through a rice​-filled bin with magnetic wands​ to find items hidden within that are attracted to the magnet.

This activity ​is teaching them about magnetic attraction, fields of magnetic force, and also allow​s ​students to practice ​their sorting skills based on the similar characteristics of the items they find.

To expand on this scientific learning, students were given the challenge to try and paint with magnets! ​Trays​ were placed up on blocks ​and a piece of paper was placed ​on the tray. Next, metal pieces (nuts, bolts, paper clips, ball bearings, washers, etc) covered in paint were dropped on to the paper. Underneath the tray​, students dragged strong magnets across the base of the tray. The magnetic force grasped the metal pieces and students quickly discovered that wherever the magnet moved, so did the metal pieces!

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