Magnetic Attraction

Physical Science

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magnet science for preschool - free activities

Core Learning Experience

+ Supplies and Equipment

Possible/Expected Discoveries

Extended Learning and Other Curriculum Areas


  • Experiment with magnets and various objects. Classify which items are attracted, and which are not. Analyze the material each object is made of.
  • Can use bar magnet, horseshoe magnet, wooden toothpick, penny, jewelry, plastic cup, paper clips, thread, rubber band, elastic hair bands, tin can, glass, aluminum foil, crayon, nail, paper, school scissors, tacks, staples, barrette etc.
  •  Magnet Detective – carry a magnet all around the house or school, touching it gently to everything to find what is attracted to it.
  • Magnets are pieces of metal that have the power to attract other pieces of metal.
  • Magnets attract objects made of iron or steel
  • Magnets have a 'N' and 'S' pole. Like poles push away or repel. Different poles pull together or attract
  • Predict whether an object will be attracted to a magnet.
  • I wonder if magnets are attracted to everything made of metal. Let’s find out.
  •  Use magnet letter and   numbers
  • Use a magnet to “find” things attracted to a magnet in the sensory box (cornmeal, sand)
  • The old favorite, fishing with magnets – but don’t just use fish with a paperclip on their noses – use letters, numbers, shapes, holiday and theme shapes etc.
  • Magnet sheets from craft stores are wonderful resources – you’ll be able to think of all kinds of creative projects for them.


Packs and Printables :


What Makes a Magnet? By Franklyn Branley
What Magnets Can Do by Allen Fowler
Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart (Amazing Science) (Library Binding)



Theme activities and printables for preschool and kindergarten

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