Magnets are a great tool to introduce young children to the wonders of science. There are lots of lovely, inexpensive chunky magnets available that can be used in lots of different creative ways.
Car track magnet game
This simple car track is a fun way to introduce young children to magnets. You can use my handy template or draw your own!
Pens or pencils
Stainless steel paperclips
Print the template or draw a track and a small car on a piece of card.
Place a paperclip over the car.
Use the magnet to move the car and paperclip around the track.
Quick magnet recap
Magnets have two ends called poles, a north pole and a south pole. If you put two poles that are the same together, you can feel them pushing each other apart ( they repel each other ). Two different poles attract each other.
Magnets attract some metals but NOT all metals.
Magnets attract iron, nickel and steel.
Materials that are attracted to a magnet are called magnetic materials.
Uses of magnets
Screwdrivers often have magnets on the end to help hold a screw in place.
Sorting recycling. The tins and cans made from steel are attracted to a giant magnet to be separated from aluminium products.
Magnets are used in compasses.
Speakers, TVs, computers and other electrical appliances often contain magnets.
Learn more about magnets and magnetism with my collection of magnet activities for kids!
Teach Beside Me has a great magnetic pendulum you might like too!
Last Updated on May 16, 2023 by Emma Vanstone