Preschool Discovery Table: Exploring Magnets

By | September 5, 2013

Exploring Magnets

Preschool Science Discovery Table

magnet science discovery table

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 We enjoy discovery tables. These are simple low tables set up with a theme to explore. Usually the materials laid out are meant for as much independent discovery and exploration as possible. I have been trying to give Liam the opportunty to make discoveries for himself without becoming frustrated or disinterested by activities that are too difficult. As his interests and skills increase so will the level of play chosen for the table. Each table is only available for as long as he is interested! I am mindful to not push the activities on him but simply have them available whenever he is interested! This time around I have set up a magnet activities table for him!

What's on our new preschool discovery table?

1. Magnet Sensory Bin

A simple sensory bin filled with colored rice, magnetic objects (2nd hand magnet kit), and a magnetic wand for finding all the treasures. I gave him a bucket to fill!  Pipe cleaners and paper clips are easy additions!

2. Magnetic Container

I took a simple plastic container and filled it with cut up pipe cleaner pieces. See how you can move them around with the wand? Can you pull one up to the top from outside the container? magnet table quad

3. What's Magnetic and What's Not Tray This is a simple tray to make observations about what is magnetic with common objects around the house. Great for discussion on why or why not something is magnetic.

4. Magnet In Water? Fill a tall vase with water and add a paper clip to it. Use the magnetic  wand to pull it out of the water. He thought this was so cool. Maybe his favorite!

magnet table activities

magnet table trio play

He enjoyed using the bar magnet to test the objects and was excited to show me what was magnetic or to tell me what didn't stick. I started noticing the bar magnet stuck around the house as well. He also used the wand to explore the bin quite a bit, seeing how much he could pick up with it at one time!

fishing game duo

A few days later I made this magnetic fishing game by simply cutting out fish and placing a paper clip on each one. He used a pretend fishing rod from a puzzle to go fishing (check this post for how we played the game). I also included magnetic discs for him to pick up.

He had an awesome science filled morning exploring his magnet discovery table!

Some more great discovery table ideas

dinosaur discovery table  

discovery table

mirror table discovery cover

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7 thoughts on “Preschool Discovery Table: Exploring Magnets

    1. littlebins Post author

      Thanks Jaime I did! I really lucked out with a huge 2nd hand magnet set! However, I think it will last us a long time even if I had bought it new.

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