Lots of lovely magnetic bibs and bobs made for a wonderful, impromptu exploration. Some washers, a few nuts & bolts, a small metal bar, some brackets, a packet of round fridge magnets, some magnetic balls and about a dozen random Geomag pieces, together with an oven tray and some hand-magnets; Jack (4yrs) and Sarah(2yrs) loved it.
They like magnets but this was the first time I’ve given them the oven tray. I’m not sure whether it’s because Jack loves building so much or whether the tray looked like a building surface but Jack soon started building and the hand-magnets were put to the side. He built lots of little sculptures and a very sweet dining set for some hungry penguins.
Sarah was very intrigued by the Geomag pieces. Those magnets are strong, aren’t they? They kept sliding around the metal bracket and sticking to each other. Fascinating.
It was a really wonderful exploration; inviting and engaging. Jack had some really great questions about magnetism,
Why do they move? Why do they stick? What’s magnetic?
I’ll leave the materials out so they can continue playing with them; I’m looking forward to seeing what answers he comes up with.
Joining in with my lovely friend Ness from One Perfect Day