At our latest homeschool co-op learning experience, I invited the kids to explore an awesome classroom set of magnets. This set comes with everything and works brilliantly with several age groups. It is well worth the investment for even a small group of children.
- Set up exploration tray with magnetic and non-magnetic items for sorting.
- Painting with the magnetic balls using washable paint and a wand underneath a box with paper in it.
- Place pipe cleaners or paper clips in a bottle for babies or toddlers to explore magnetism who still mouth small objects. (Click photos to go to original sources)
- Measure the distance magnets attract and/or repel each other and graph it.
- Make a compass using the information you have learned together.
- Explore the concept of the magnetic field of Earth and the poles.
Also read this great article for tips on how to create your own non-expensive magnet centre in your class or home.
Montessori Print Shop has an affordable printable for magnetic and non-magnetic sorting.
Wise Owl has a free magnet unit printable.