Fun Projects With Magnets

Summer, fall, winter or spring, if you have young children with time on their hands you need to have some activities planned. Every child benefits from fun that is also educational, and 10 fun projects with magnets fill the bill nicely. This list is divided evenly between “experiments” (1 through 5) and “projects” (6 through 10) so you can keep the attention of your budding scientists as well as your future artists.

There are plenty of places to get your magnets, and don’t forget the many different kinds available. They come in all sizes and shapes, colored and plain, and even in flexible sheets that can be cut into any shape.

For the following activities, you will need a variety of magnets and other supplies. Instead of making one materials list for you, however, it is suggested that you decide which activities you (and your kids) want to do, then assemble your supplies from the list in each activity description.

Note: The “you” in the following instructions can mean the parent or the child. Frankly, these activities are fun and interesting for all ages!

1. Make a compass

You will need the following items:
– non-metallic bowl filled with water
– metal pin
– magnet
– cork

This experiment will show how to make a compass that points true North.

Magnetize the pin by holding it in your hand and stroking it with the magnet in one direction only, from the base (head) to the point. Lift the magnet off at the point, then begin again at the base. Repeat this at least 25-30 times.

Now push the pin through the piece of cork so that the cork is in the middle of the pin, and put the cork/pin in the (non-metallic) water-filled bowl. The pin should have been made magnetic enough to point North.

You can also try seeing how strong your new pin magnet is by seeing if it will pick up small metal objects, such as paper clips.

2. Polar attraction/repulsion A

You will need the following items:

– two (2) bar magnets

Magnets, of course, have north and south magnetic sides. Depending upon which ends (or sides) that you force together, they will either attract strongly or not at all. If you put north and south magnetic poles together, they will attract. If you put two similar sides together, north or south, they will either not attract or they will actually repel one another.

With this experiment, you and your children will discover the force of the attraction or the repulsion of the magnet.

Place two opposite ends together and you will notice that they instantly attract to one another. Lesson: north and south poles on the magnet attract one another, at different strengths depending on the magnets and the conditions.

Now try to force the two north sides of the magnets together. You will be able to feel as the poles repel one another. You can do the same thing with the south sides and will notice the same effect. You can measure the force by holding the same poles together and slowly releasing your hold on the magnets.

3. Polar attraction/repulsion B

Using the same bar magnets, place them down on a table. Take one magnet with north side pointing forward and push it close to the other magnet’s north side. The magnet you are not holding will move away from the one you are, and even try to turn itself around.

This shows that the south side is attracting your magnet’s north side. You can determine the magnet strength by seeing how far away you can be and still have these effects.

4. Polar attraction/repulsion B Again using the same kind of magnets, but three to five of them, experiment with pushing the magnets in a kind of “magnet train.” Line magnets up with south sides facing south and north sides facing north, then push the first magnet and watch the other magnets jump forward.

Keep lining up magnets this way and see how many you can get to work together in your “train.”

5. The floating magnets

You will need the following items:

– five (5) to eight (8) “donut” magnets (the ones with the holes in the middle)
– one (1`) wooden rod that will fit through magnet holes
– base for rod (wood or modeling clay)

If you cannot buy or construct a base for the rod, you can stand it up in a wad of modeling clay. It won’t be bearing much weight, so it doesn’t have to be “over prepared.”

First, determine the magnetic forces of the donut magnets and which side is north or south.

Remember, of course, that polar opposites attract. Now put three or four magnets along the bottom of the wooden rod as it is standing. The positioning of the magnets is important: Place all of the magnets with south at the bottom, so when you stack up the three or four magnets, the north (top) part of the bottom magnet will attract the bottom (south) side that you place on top of it. Thus, at the very top of the pile, you will have a north side.

Place the next magnet with the north end down. It will not attract to the north side below it, so it will “hover” over the other magnets. You can continue the hovering demonstration by placing another magnet, south side down this time, on the rod. This new magnet will also hover, as will any others you position on the rod (remembering to alternate the north/south orientation).

6. Sheet magnet fun A: Refrigerator magnets

You will need the following items:

– several letter-size sheets of flexible magnetic material, white on one side
– family photos or kids’ artwork
– glue or paste, scissors

Have the kids decide whether they want to make their refrigerator magnet with a drawing or a photo. It could be great fun for each child to make his or her own photo magnet.

Cut the drawing or photo out and trim it nicely. Place it on the magnetic sheet and trace the shape with a pencil, then cut the shape out of the magnetic sheet. Glue the drawing or picture to the magnetic material.

7. Sheet magnet fun B: Word magnets

You will need the following items:

– list of common words for sentence formation (Internet)
– computer and printer (alternative: Sharpie pens)
– several letter-size sheets of flexible magnetic material, white on one side
– glue or paste, scissors

On the Internet you will find various sources for lists of commonly used words. You need a selection of nouns, verbs, articles and other kinds of words for sentence formation, but include a few family favorites, names, nicknames, etc.

Print out the list on your computer printer, with each word in a 1/2-inch by 2-inch area. Alternatively, if you do not have a printer you can use Sharpie pens to write the words on 1/2-inch by 2-inch strips of the magnetic sheet.

Cut and paste the words onto appropriately sized strips of the sheet material. Place the magnetic words on the refrigerator or stove front. Leave surprise messages for one another, make up silly sayings or have fun just jumbling them up!

8. Sheet magnet fun C: Kiddie business cards

You will need the following items:

– several letter-size sheets of flexible magnetic material, white on one side
– kids’ artwork and old magazines (for pictures, words)
– glue or paste, scissors

Trace a standard business card on the sheets, or draw a 2-inch by 3.5-inch rectangle. Have your kids find pictures that apply to their personalities tigers for the rough and tumble, princesses for the dainty little ladies, or vice versa! They can write their names, and make themselves the president of any company they’d like to invent. The finished cards can go on the fridge, inside their school lockers or anywhere else a magnet will stay put.

9. Colored magnet tic-tac-toe

You will need the following items:
– bag of colored magnets (same size, different colors)
– a 5-inch square of magnetic sheet, white on one side
– ruler and Sharpie pen

Draw a tic-tac-toe playing square on the magnetic sheet. This will go on the fridge, the front of the stove or some other centrally located place. Keep a bag of similarly-sized magnets of different colors near the play square and, picking one color for yourself and another for your opponent, make a tic-tac-toe move each time you pass by that area. Check through the day and watch for your opponent’s move. This is a great way to stretch a game of tic-tac-toe out for a day, sometimes, while giving you the opportunity to grab a snack out of the fridge, too.

10. Personalized memo-holder

You will need the following items:

– bar magnet, at least 1/2-inch wide, three (3) to four (4) inches long
– paper, colored pens and pencils, scissors, glue

Trace the shape of the bar magnet onto a piece of paper. This will show you how much room you have to write your name and draw a design. You can write your name simply or color your letters differently, even adding designs and other shapes. Cut the piece of paper out and glue it to the side of the bar magnet. Now you have a way to put your “to do list” or your “memo to Mom” on the fridge door, stove front or any other magnetic spot.

What with all the letters and shapes and pictures and name-tags resulting from these projects, there could be a real upsurge in “magnetic publishing” in your house. The magnetic words, in particular, have great educational value, and the lessons learned in the simple magnet experiments are helpful as well as entertaining. With just a few magnets and art supplies, you can attract a whole lot of fun to your house!

Fun Activities For Kids To Enjoy

Kids love to play outdoors and we love to see them have fun, right? But playing the same outdoor game again and again can be boring to your kids so you have to be a little creative. Actually, with just a little imagination you can create hundreds of ways of having fun outdoors. Here Ill share to you some of the fun activities for kids that youll surely enjoy playing with your kids.

Obstacle Race
Nothing can be more fun than to watch your toddler go through your homemade obstacle course. This is surely one of those activities for kids that can make you laugh. And Im sure your little one will enjoy crawling through a big box, walking along a rope, and stepping onto old clothes.

Old Time Favorites
Century old games such as, What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? Simon Says, and Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosie are still fun to play. Remember those days when you were playing them with your neighbors? A lot of things must have changed around the neighborhood, but these remain as some of the favorite activities for kids.

Have Some Exercise
Another one of those fun activities for kids is strolling. Instead of driving to a mini-store to get some bread or milk, why not stroll with your kids? What makes this activity even better for kids is when you act as spies as you walk. Check out the leaves, the local cats, and the snails as you go.

A Work of Art
While strolling to the shops, make sure you ask your kids to collect some simple treasureslike leaves and feathers, which you can use later on to do some simple collage. Give them a piece of paper to be the base of their collage. Then using glue let them stick all their collections onto the paper as artistically as they can. Im sure your little ones will crave for more of these activities for kids.

Go Treasure Hunting
Make a list of treasures for your kids to find. Then head your small team of treasure hunters out into the local neighbourhood and find the items on the list. After playing this, Im sure youll agree that this is indeed one of those fun activities for kids.

Write All You Can
Let your little ones write on any piece of concrete using a jumbo-sized chalk. Like the other activities for kids that Ive shared, this one can occupy them even for ages.

Splatter on the Puddle
Next time it rains, look for raincoats, gumboots and umbrellas. Play with your kids in the rain and splatter through puddles. This is one of the outdoor activities for kids that they wont forget.

Fun Ride
Lead a team of bikers onto paths with a mild slope. When you return, your kids will have fun trekking on Mount Everest.

Finders Keeper
Another fun game to play with your child is to look for simple items in the garden such as three black stones, five yellow leaves, etc as quickly as they can.

Spraying Spree
Hand a plastic spray bottle filled with water to your little one. Then ask him to spray each and every plant in your garden. This is not just one of those enjoyable activities for kids, but this is also good for your plants.

Go Green
Watching plants grow and produce flowers is probably one of the best activities for kids. This is activity can be a combination of fun and learning.

Indiana Jones
Spend some time hiding some tiny treasures, such as candies and toys, around the garden. Then organise your kids to go treasure hunting.

Tea Party
Organize a tea party for your little guests using just a tea set and a small table. Let them have fun as you serve them with some biscuits and water.

Fun Ride at the Park
Bike parks are great places to do some fun activities for kids. This is also a safe place for them to master their biking skills.

Take a Ferryboat
Being out on the water will definitely bring joy to your little ones, and to you, too.

Bushwalking
No kid would miss the chance of going for a bushwalk. What makes bushwalking as one of the favorite activities for kids is that its a good time for them to get dirty as they roam freely and ‘talk’ with beetles and flowers.

Fly A Kite
Flying a kite is fun. And did you know that activities for kids can be a whole lot better if you make it more personalized? Heres how: Cut a cardboard into a diamond shape, put on some decorations, make a hole in one end and then attach a long piece of wool through it. Let your toddler have fun running with a kite flying behind her.

Mini-Olympics
This is surely one of those activities for kids that are simple and fun. All you need to do is set up a simple course at the playground for your kids. Ask them to go through it while timing them. Brace yourself as you watch them beat their own record in every lap.

Catch Games
Should youre toddler be a beginner in aerial catches, start by training her roll the ball. When shes already used to it, you can already bounce the ball towards her. Then try gentle throws until she becomes an expert in catching balls.

Sail A Boat
One of the best activities for kids is that of sailing a boat, even with just a model one. Make it in your own house with materials such as paddle-pop sticks, polystyrene foam ice cream containers, or paper. Design your own boat as uniquely as you can. Then take it to a backyard pool or a pond. Have fun sailing!

Paint with water
Give each kid a paintbrush and a container of water and let him paint anything on the back fence and trees. These are great activities for kids that encourage their creativity.

Colourful Waterplay
Now heres one of those activities for kids that is fun but a bit messy so kids must play it outdoor with an apron. Head outside with bottles of water and a variety of food colorings. Then let your kids mix and match the colors until everyone has the same uniform color in each bottle.

Bookworms
If youre thinking of activities for kids that are not only fun but also enriching, then consider reading books to them. And yes, books arent just read in your bedroom. A shaded part in your yard can be a perfect place to enjoy a book with your child. Spread a rug and take out those books.

Be Sandy
Let your little ones go wild in their imagination by making anything such as pizza, cake and even castles using sands. Just supply them with small buckets, your old kitchen utensils, and biscuit cutters. This is indeed one of those activities for kids that can bring out the best in them.

Hidey-Hole
And when you think youre running out of ideas of fun activities for kids, heres one you should really try make an outdoor home using a sheet and some chairs.

Let Your Young Artist Shine
Make the most out of a sunny day, by setting a table outside. Next, arrange an easel, spread the crayons, the glitter glue and encourage your kids to be crafty.

Gift Your Child The Best Kids Posters

Kids are really fond of colors and they enjoy making colorful posters. If you want to make your kids feel extremely happy then bring kids posters for them. Kids posters can be of two types where first kind could be any poster that impresses your kid and the second could be an empty poster that your kid can color. Kids are attracted towards fantasy posters of Superman, Harry Potter, Batman, Aladdin etc. Kids posters generally include those posters that make kids feel really excited. Look for the most attractive kids posters to gift your child on any occasion making it a special one.

If you want to gift your girl child with a kids poster then look for a poster of a Barbie doll, Bunny Rabbit, Butterfly, Fairy queen, Adventure island etc because girls are really attracted towards such kinds of posters. To impress a boy child look for kids posters related to Pokemon, Spider man, Super heroes etc because boys really get motivated by such kind of characters. Apart from funny kids posters you can even look for motivational posters showing the pictures of successful people, as this will encourage your kids to perform well in their life.

Start searching for the posters in the galleries and make kids posters an integral part of your kid’s room. Stick the posters on the walls of the bedroom to make the ambiance all the more lively. Nowadays online kid posters are also available and some of the online poster companies even help you to buy a poster online. Let your child decide the poster of his/her choice and you can buy that online kid poster. Some of the online poster companies even provide free posters. Search web and look for the best online poster company that provides you with the best offer.

Strategic Thinking Math Game Ideas For Kids

Learning Math involves strategic thinking. Strategic thinking is a type of problem solving, which is the most important skill for children to be developed. Every single day we have to find solutions to problems. Dealing with problem is an essential skill in our work, home and social life. This is why Math has been said an important subject which will be utilized in every corner of everyone’s life.Math should be a fun subject, not a stressful subject. When teaching Math to young kids, you have to give them simple and interesting exercises or games. Here are 2 Math games ideas for young kids using strategic thinking.

1 – Sprouts Game
This is an easy but challenging game for 2 person.Playing Method:- Draw 3 random dots on a sheet of paper.
– Each person takes turns at drawing a curved line to connect 2 dots then placing another dot somewhere along the line.
– Each player cannot cross another line. Each dot only can have a maximum of 3 lines leaving it.
– The last player who manages to make a join is the winner.

2 – Corners Game
This is a tricky strategic game which also needs two person. It is easy to understand and quick to play and according my experience most children enjoy playing over and over again.Playing Method:- Draw a 10 by 10 grid. Both players uses a different colored pen.
– Each player begins in contrary corners.
– Players take turns at coloring a block of 2 squares that are joined by a side.
– Every block that is colored after the first one must join to one of the other colored blocks that has been colored by that player, but only at the corner.
– A player can not have 2 of their colored blocks joined along a side.
– When a player is unable to color a block of 2 squares, he is out and the other player is the winner.These games are often played in various ways in various situations. Here are some ideas to make some varieties to these games.- Play on a whiteboard or blackboard.
– For Sprouts game, play on the computer by drawing a table in a Microsoft Word doc for Corners or by drawing dots and lines. This will also get the kids to get used with computer, thus develop their computer skill.
– Play in the classroom on the board with one side of the room challenging the other side. In the classroom, create a match by pairing students off to play against each other. Winners of each game will play again in the next round and then proceed until a class winner is found.

Top 5 Tips To Teach Math To Kids Effectively

Every parent is aware that math skills is essential for their children’s future. Math will assist in all aspects of life. If Math is educated in incorrect way, children could possibly get bored easily. Listed below are top 5 best tips to teach kids Math effectively.

1- Before teaching Math, be sure they are taught formal logic first. They should be able to think in a logical way using words and real-world situations before it can be applied to abstract concepts like numbers. Failing in this initial step causes kids hard to understand Math, and soon makes them hate Math. They should be taught on how to THINK first.

2- When thinking about the best ways to teach math to kids, age is an important element to consider first. Make sure your teaching module is appropriate for the kids’ age. Toddlers and preschoolers should learn the basic meaning of numbers, means to count things. Early elementary school should concentrate on arithmetic, understanding addition and multiplication tables for single digit numbers. Once they can master these, then move on to algebra, geometry, fractions, decimals, set theory, even calculus, and if possible, introduce the so-called advanced topics as early as possible. At the early stage of teaching advance Math, they just have to see it, they don’t have to understand it. The results will be seen later on, they will easily absorb and understand of topics when they are covered in grades 6-12.

3- Use something in which they can relate to. Try to make it simple yet fun. Also be practical to make them easy to understand. For example, to teach addition or subtraction, use countable food they used to eat. To teach division or fractions use cake.

4- Create fun and cool Math games for kids. Printable Math board games, card games, print and play game worksheets can be found on the internet.

5- Since Math needs a lot of recall skills, having a good memory will be a big advantage on our kids. Improve your kid’s memory by providing him/her number exercises on mental addition or multiplication, recalling dates for instance birthdays or anniversaries or dates for special occasions and making connections to other events that happened or will happen on a particular date. Working out your kid’s memory will truly be an asset at a later time when he has to memorize rules, formula, methods or procedures in resolving mathematical problems or equations.

Teaching Math to kids should always be fun, make sure your kids don’t feel stress when learning Math.