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Friday, March 18, 2011

Creative Magnets Playing

Hanz's : One of the lesson we did when Hanafi was 5 years old.

Creative magnet play includes seeing how many objects one can pick up at a time, pushing one magnet around by the repelling force of another & testing objects around for attraction to magnets.Playing with magnets is a useful science activity in early childhood because it fosters conversation, exploration of materials & learning to make predictions.

The objective of introducing magnet to a child is to make an observation of how magnet work and the usage of magnet. Give example how common appliances in our household like the refrigerator door and in your surrounding like the drink vending machine applies the concept of magnet.Some of the activity you can do for your child to learn about magnet as the list below:

1. Introduce the nature of magnet which is magnetic force that can hold together two piece of magnet despite there is a barrier between the two magnet.

 2. Extend the understanding of magnetic force is strong and show this to your child that when he moves around one of the magnet, the other magnet followsuit because of the magnetic force.

3. Explain the concept of magnetic poles by handling two magnets to your child and ask him to make the two magnets to stay together & to describe what he feels when he push the magnets together or pull them apart.

4. Have a test what object attracts to magnet to help your child understand that the property of magnet is in the material, not a size, shape or colour. It is very common to say that 'magnets attract all metal objects' until your child test it. (As for Hanafi, he was surprised that the magnet did not attracted to 50cent coin & handphone)

5. Record the findings. An example like below:-

6. Finally, let your child 'test' how strong the magnet by playing 'magnet fish'. Challenge your child how many 'fish' he would be able to catch within one minute or so.

Have fun fooling around with magnet with your child. As for my child, Hanafi, he loves it & thought magnet is magic! LOL...

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