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My own science lab-01


  • Shoe box 
  • Contact paper
  • Iron filings 
  • Magnets: bar, horseshoe and u
  • Metal items 
  • Non-metal items
  • Magnifying glass 
  • Prisms


What to do

1. Cover a shoe box with contact paper.

2. Assemble the above items in the shoe box.

3. Encourage experimentation with the items to answer questions like: What happens when two magnets come into contact with one another? Do magnets pick up iron fillings? What objects were you not able to pick up with a magnet?

4. Look at the items through the magnifying glass. How does the magnifying glass make things look?

5. What does a prism do?


-Monica Hay-Cook, Tucson, AZ

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Magnets
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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