variety of large, non-choking hazard magnets
iron filing cases
a tub full of a mix of things that would stick to a magnet and things that won't stick
What we read:Stuck / Jeffers, Oliver
(while not strictly about magnetism, this book is way more fun to read than any book about magnets and hey, magnets get stuck on things so....)
What we sang:
Icky Sticky Sticky Sticky Bubblegum Song
What kids did:
tried out the sealed plastic jars (I think this one has thumbtacks inside)
One of my favorite things was when one of the kids ran to another part of their classroom to find these magnetic "fishing poles" to add to our activities. Hooray for making connections!
This activity didn't hold all of the kids' attention for very long, but I'm not sure if it was the activity choice or if it was just a squirrelly kind of day.