Love Bug and Sweet Pea love taking magnets around the house to find out what’s magnetic. We did a recent science experiment with magnets where I gave them a few different types of magnets and put out a tray with several different objects (keys on a key ring, foil, battery, a plastic seahorse, paper, and a rock) to test whether they were magnetic.
First, they explored the magnets themselves to see whether they would attract each other. Then we talked about the items on the tray, and Love Bug predicted whether they were magnetic. Then we tested the different objects.
We talked about why one really strong magnet could pick up and hold the battery even though other magnets dropped it right away, because of the different strengths of the magnets. When we found that the paper was not magnetic, I asked Love Bug how a magnet can hold a paper on the refrigerator if it’s not magnetic, and he knew that it was because the fridge is magnetic.