Magnet Experiments to Do While You're Bored
Are you cooped up in the house? Want to get the kids off the tv? Are you bored out of your mind? Here are some fun magnet experiments to try out as school lessons or time-spenders!
Levitating Paper Clip
This experiment is as easy as it gets! All you need is a small magnet, thread, paper clip, and a flat surface. Just cut a piece of thread (about 4-5 inches long) and tie it to one end of the paperclip. Tape the other end of the thread to a flat surface like a table or desk. Take your magnet and place it above the paper clip. Voila! For a full tutorial, head to this blog post.
Magnetic Field Sensory Jar
Create something you can keep at your desk, take with you during long car rides—while you’re the passenger, of course—or keep by your bed to help you unwind and relax. This magnet craft only requires a few items to make it -- mason jar or another glass jar/container, MICR toner, water, superglue, 1”x1/8” neodymium disc magnets -- but it’ll provide you with hours of entertainment and relaxation. Interested? Head to this blog post for the full tutorial.
Take the levitating paper clip up a level by using a pen! This one’s more detailed, so read the entire tutorial here, but it’s still pretty easy. You’ll just need scissors, 6 Neodymium ring magnets, super glue or tape, a pen (could substitute for a pencil if needed), foam board, and a small piece of cardboard or equivalent material.
“Is it Magnetic?”
If you have bored kiddos, here’s an fun and easy science lesson -- that they won’t even know it’s a lesson! This experiment can introduce kids to the idea of magnetism and show firsthand that magnets attract more than just other magnets! You can read the full tutorial here, but it's pretty simple!
You’ll just need a few things like a recyclable plastic bottle, a mixture of everyday items, magnetic and non-magnetic alike -- like nails, Legos, paper bits, paper clips, etc, -- and of course some neodymium magnets. Empty out the plastic bottle and put the items inside. You can add some sand into the bottle at this step, but it's not needed -- it just serves as a filler between items and looks a bit cooler. Then, close the bottle tightly and lay it on its side so that all of the items are laying in a line, and run the magnet across the bottle. Take note of what things stick to the magnet and what doesn’t and explain the why behind it!
DIY Magnetometer in a Tic Tac Box
Magnetometers measure the strength of magnetic fields – acting as an essential tool to assess the strength of permanent magnets and electromagnets in order to understand the field shape of nontrivial magnet configurations -- and you can create your own mini one by using something as simple as a Tic Tac box! Check out the full tutorial here.
Magnet Bottle Opener
Elevate your bottle opener by using 2-3 neodymium disc magnets to make sure your bottle caps don’t fall or get lost by using magnets and a wooden plaque. Don’t have woodworking skills? Don’t fret! This tutorial is simple even for beginners -- check it out here.
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There you have it! We are constantly on the lookout for new magnet hacks, crafts, and discoveries to keep us entertained and educated. For more magnet experiments and DIYs, check out our blog!