Sunday, August 31, 2014

Exploring Magnets Through Sensory Play

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Our rainbow dyed chickpeas are so bright and colorful. They also happen to be a really great sensory bin filler to hide other colorful objects in. So I put together this super simple (three items are all you need!) science discovery sensory activity for the boys using magnets.

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The other day we were perusing The Dollar Tree when we found some horseshoe magnets. I was a little bit excited about finding them for only $1.25 each, so I couldn't pass them up. They are a great addition to our magnet collection. So this sensory bin was a great way to test out the new horseshoe magnets!


Magnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Then I simply added magnet wands or horseshoe magnets and some kids. J laid claim to the blue horseshoe magnet and preferred to pick out the counters by hand before letting the magnets work.

Exploring magnets in a colorful sensory bin from And Next Comes LMagnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Exploring magnets in a colorful sensory bin from And Next Comes LMagnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Exploring magnets in a colorful sensory bin from And Next Comes LMagnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

K, armed with his red horseshoe magnet, preferred to dig and drag it through the chickpeas.

Magnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Close up of magnetic transparent counters picked out of a rainbow sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Pulling those magnetic counters off is also great fine motor work!

Exploring magnets in a colorful sensory bin from And Next Comes LMagnets and rainbow dyed chickpeas sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Looking for more fun ways to explore magnets? Check out these ideas:


Exploring magnets through sensory play - colorful simple science for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L
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