# Mini Magnet Maze

We have a little magnet set that we play with frequently, the magnets in the cars repel each other and the children are always so surprised that they can feel the force pushing the cars apart.

To try and explain magnetism, we did a fun little activity.

First we had a play to see which type of objects a big magnet stuck to, once we’d decided metals were the key, we made some predictions about other objects and then tested them. You could even draw a table to make this activity a bit more formal.

Remember – not all metals are attracted to magnets, but iron and steel ( steel is mostly iron ) are.

To make the mini maze ( and you could make a large version of this ) you need:

• Thick cardboard
• A Magnet
• Metal Paperclip
• Pens

Instructions

• Draw a maze on the cardboard.
• Draw a cardboard bug or any shape you like.

• Place a paperclip over the bug.
• Place the paperclip at the start of your maze and the magnet underneath the cardboard.
• As you move the magnet, the bug should move too.

All about Magnetism

Magnets attract some objects but not others and can be different strengths.

Magnets have two poles, we call one the north pole and one the south. Depending on which poles you place together they can either attract each other or repel. Opposite poles attract.

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## There are 17 comments

1. ScienceSparks

Thanks Trisha x

1. Mammasaurus

Ooo this is another neat idea! Kitty would like this one I’m sure 🙂

1. ScienceSparks

Cheers Annie. x

2. Gemma Mills / Chamberlain (MyMillsBaby)

Seriously cool – this one is really easy. I tried this yesterday with Dexter and he couldn’t figue out how it was happening. Great little magic trick for the really weeney ones.

3. Laura M

This is SO cool! I agree with Trisha, the possibilities are endless!

4. Cat (Yellow Days)

This is such a fun idea for introducing the idea of magnetism working through an object. I’ve made it one of my featured picks on this weeks Parenting Pin-it Party.

1. ScienceSparks

Thanks. x

5. Deceptively Educational

Great activity! This is SUCH a fun way to incorporate play into a lesson on magnetism. I’m featuring this tomorrow on my blog at the After School Linky Party. Stop by to check it out and keep sharing!

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