I’ve got another fun summer learning activity for you, thanks to a collaboration with hand2mind. Their STEM at Play! series introduces practical science, technology, engineering and math concepts to children in grades 3 to 12.
This winning series includes a variety of activities and experiments, from launching rockets to making soap. My boys, ages 9 and 11, received the STEM at Play! Magnets kit to review. It’s recommended for ages 8 and up.
The building blocks for nine unique experiments are included:
The included Career and Lab guide contains simple directions for all nine experiments, plus some fascinating facts about magnetism, and thoughts on careers that utilize this field of knowledge.
Benjamin, in fifth grade, read over the experiments first, to get an idea of what was needed and how it would all play out.
Then he and Samuel worked together to run them and record results. The magnet racers experiment was a favorite, as they measured how different loads on the back affected speed.
My favorite experiment teaches you how to magnetize ordinary household objects like nails, paper clips and hammers. It’s fun to see how long they will retain this power.
With this kit, your children can use magnetic levitation to move a train, flip the magnetic fields of iron shavings, create a compass, and more! It’s ideal for at-home learning, any time of the year. I would say that this magnet kit is geared towards children who like thought experiments, comparing/contrasting, and making notes. There aren’t any lava flows, explosions or slime, but hand2mind does have other science kits if your child likes more of a sensory experience.
The Stem at Play! magnet kit retails for $34.99 at hand2mind.
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