Magnetic and non-magnetic is typically a very popular science activity for Montessori preschoolers. It’s one of the introductory science presentations in the primary (preschool) Montessori classroom and is an activity that can work well in a homeschool or preschool environment.
Following are some ideas for magnetic and non-magnetic from around the blogosphere.
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Montessori Preschool Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Activities
Magnetic vs. Non-Magnetic from Counting Coconuts
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic by Cindy from Along the Way at Totally Tots
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic from The Education of Ours
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic from Umamah Learning Academy
Use of a Magnet Presentation from Moteaco
Free Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Printables from Primary Treasure Chest
Free Magnetic/Non-Magnetic Sorting Mat from PreKinders
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Materials Available for Purchase from Montessori Print Shop
Magnetic/Non-Magnetic Activity Available for Purchase (containing all necessary items) from Montessori Services
(My review from an earlier Montessori Services Review/Giveaway): The Montessori Services magnetic/non-magnetic activity includes:
- 9 Magnetic Items
- 9 Non-Magnetic Items
- Economy Tray (T200)
- Plastic Box (B108)
- Horseshoe Magnet (SC951)
- Plastic Box (B104)
- Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Labels
- Presentation and Extension Suggestions
I really like the Alnico horseshoe magnet that’s included with the set. It has an especially strong magnetic field and would work well for a variety of activities exploring magnets … as well as for “fishing” games you can prepare to reinforce colors, shapes, letters, or numbers.
The magnetic/non-magnetic activity can be set up in just a few minutes. The labels are made with a special new material that doesn’t need to be laminated. You can bend the material and get it wet.
I’ve seen magnetic/non-magnetic activities prepared in a number of different formats in Montessori schools and Montessori manuals. Some teachers have the child test and sort the materials on the tray itself. My photo of the magnetic/non-magnetic activity on a Montessori Services rug shows one way the activity could be laid out.If you prefer to prepare your own magnetic/non-magnetic activity rather than purchasing the set, you can purchase most of the parts separately from Montessori Services. The horseshoe magnet is great, and I find Montessori Services trays and boxes useful for activities of all kinds.
Variations on the Traditional Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Activity and Montessori Elementary Magnet Activities
Spanish Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Activity from Olives and Pickles
3 Ways to Have Fun with Magnets from Gift of Curiosity
Magnet Sensory Bin from Little Hands, Big Work
Magnetic Fishing from The Wonder Years
Sink or Float and Magnetic or Non-Magnetic from Tired, Need Sleep
Magnetic Bottle from The Wonder Years
Discovery Magnetism Box from The Imagination Tree
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Activity for Seniors from The Moveable Alphabet (The blog is no longer available.)
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