Let’s help kids learn about magnets! The above video demonstrates a variety of engaging science activities for kids learning about magnets. Below, you will find seven magnetism activities for kids of all ages, from wonderful learning resources to free science worksheets.
1. Magnetic Sorting Activities for Kids
Sorting activities for kids are excellent for teaching the difference between magnetic and non-magnetic objects. First, children can select their magnet. Choose from colourful magnetic wands, giant horseshoe magnets or bar magnets. Next, children can collect household items that are magnetic and non-magnetic. These rainbow metal counting chips are excellent for demonstrating magnetism. Not only do these magnetic chips teach children scientific concepts, they are also a wonderful sensory toy. Sensory play aids development, improving areas such as cognition, language and fine motor skills.
2. Free Science Worksheets
Searching for free KS2 science worksheets? WordUnited’s fast-growing Free Resources Hub has hundreds of printables for kids that can be downloaded and printed from any device. For kids learning about magnets, Magnetic or Non-Magnetic Sorting Activity encourages children to cut out illustrations of household objects. Children must then consider the properties of the material each object is made from and sort into magnetic or non-magnetic. Similarly, for kids who love word searches, take a look at this resource. Kids can develop problem solving skills and magnetic vocabulary whilst tackling this puzzle! Both resources are useful for school and home learning.
3. Online Games for Kids
With access to technology at our fingertips, incorporate online study into learning about magnets. BBC Bitesize offers a series of online KS2 science resources for kids learning about magnets, including lessons, quizzes and games. Parents can also download free STEM resources about forces and magnets from stem.org.uk! With a presentation and teacher’s notes, these resources can be used by both teachers and parents for school or home learning. Prefer board games to online games? Check out entertaining board games and puzzles for kids.
4. Kids’ Learning Toys
Although science lessons about magnets are typically aimed at children in KS2, there are a variety of kids’ learning toys that introduce scientific concepts to younger children about magnets and forces. For example, My First Animal Train is a magnetic construction toy that encourages children to learn through play. Animals can be constructed using the magnetic bars, whilst metal balls connect the train carriages together. Comparably, little ones can also discover the concepts of magnetism with SmartMax Magnetic Discovery. Packed with brightly coloured magnetic construction equipment, children develop scientific and engineering skills alongside fine motor skills, imagination, observational skills and creativity. Click here for more STEM toys.
5. Magnetic Experiment STEM Kits
STEM kits are wonderful for home learning. GALT Magnetic Lab includes ten fun physics experiments for young scientists. Drive a racing car without touching it or enjoy a magnetic marble maze! See how the experiments work in the video above. Likewise, Magnetic Attraction is a fun a kit that promotes observational and scientific skills with interesting experiments. Kids may also enjoy Magnetic Materials, the ultimate hands-on science kit to discover magnetic and non-magnetic materials. Plus, the kit is suitable for individual and group work at school or for home learning.
6. Magnet Adventures for Kids
Make physics fun with a magnetism adventure! Children can embark on a treasure hunt using a compass to help navigate the way. Plus, this fun activity provides learning opportunities, as children begin to explore how the magnet inside a compass works. Create your own treasure map, or use this free resource with bright outdoor illustrations. What’s more, with many people spending more time indoors due to COVID-19, there is also indoor version of the treasure map. You can find more indoor activities for kids here.
7. Science Books for Kids
It’s never too early to become a scientist with the Baby University series! Electromagnetism for Babies teaches young scientists about positive and negative charges, and electric currents, with a tongue-in-cheek approach adults will love. Alternatively, older children can learn about forces and motion with this graded reader from the Raintree Engage Literacy series. Moreover, kids can explore the science in everyday life with Science Experiments at Home. A science book that is filled with engaging activities for kids. Browse more science books for kids here.