Pirate magnet sensory bottle

This magnet sensory bottle is a super simple sensory activity perfect for introducing the concept of magnetism to little ones.

Materials

Water

Pirate ‘treasure’

Bottle with lid

Coloured rice/pasta

Small magnetic and non objects

A magnet

Pasta and rice bottle

Instructions

Carefully pour your coloured rice and pasta into the bottle, add the small objects and give a good shake.

Use the magnet to move the magnetic objects around the bottle. How many can you find?

 

How to colour rice and pasta

Pour your rice or pasta into a bowl.

Add a small amount of vinegar and food colouring and mix well.

Leave to dry.

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Water bottle

Fill up a bottle about 3/4 full with water and add some pirate treasure and some coins.

Use your magnet to find the coins, how many can you find?

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What’s your favourite magnetism activity?

Extension ideas

Does a plastic bottle work better than a glass bottle?

Can you try different strength magnets?
We used the Learning Resources Super Magnet Classroom Lab Kit to create this activity.

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