Friday 14 June 2013

Science: fishing with magnets!

We're still mad about magnets at the moment.  This makes for a fun game whilst learning how magnets work as well as being able to integrate it into other subjects as well.

This is how we made ours and how to play...

You will need:
  • Paper
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils, pens or crayons
  • Cotton thread
  • A stick (we got ours from the park)
  • A magnet (we used a fridge magnet for ours and it worked really well)
  • Sticky tape or Blu-tak

Draw some pictures, two of each of what you decide on (we drew socks, underpants, flowers, cars dog faces etc.) then cut them out.
Put a paper clip on each of them.
Get your stick, thread, sticky tape or Blu-tak, and a magnet.  Tie the thread to the stick and then stick the other end of the thread to the top of the magnet like this...
You are ready to play.  You can do this by spreading your pictures on the floor or a table or you can try putting it in a box (we used a fish tank that we use for some of our other experiments).

What we are learning:
Magnets are attracted to certain metals.
Matching pairs.
Drawing is a great skill to practise and if you let the child chose what they are going to draw this can make for a fun moment of learning in itself. 
Colours (if you make them different colours)
You can make this into a maths game by:
Matching numbers.
Playing find the number.
Fishing out two numbers and adding them together, multiplying them, subtracting them etc...
Throwing a dice and trying to put two numbers together to make the number on the dice.
I'm sure there is more and letting your child make up their own maths rules is a great way of learning too.
You can play rhyming pairs
Fishing to make compound words.
You could have individual letters and try to spell out words.
You could use it to build up vocabulary; you could match picture to the french (or any other language you are learning) word or match English word to french word for example.
Can you think of any other ways to play this?

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