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Exploring with Magnetic Eggs
The supplies are simple and can be changed out to fit your child's needs, or what you have laying around the house or classroom!
- magnet wand (or other larger magnet)
- plastic eggs
- objects for inside the eggs (both magnetic and not)
We collected groups of objects and added them to the plastic eggs. This is a great activity for little fingers. It takes some concentration because some of those eggs don't close easily! I made sure that the objects were both magnetic (here's a fun set!) and not magnetic so that there would only be some eggs that were attracted to the wand. After the eggs were filled, it was time to see see what would happen!
Hint...preschoolers LOVE this part!
After all eggs were filled, it was time to see what happened! It was a super fun surprise when the first egg was attracted to the magnet wand! After the first egg, it was a race to see what other eggs were also magnetic.
Each egg was tested with the wand, and then quickly opened to see what was inside. After the first 2, predictions were made before opening the eggs back up.
It was quickly discovered that metal objects worked with the wand and everything else did not.
The Legos and marbles were eventually tossed to the side and the eggs were filled up again and again with the paper clips, safety pins, screws, and magnetic coins! The activity lasted longer than expected and is set up as an independent table area in our classroom.
For even more egg fun, try these activities too!
Egg Cracking Counting Activity (fine motor too!)