Magnets for Kids: 5 Activities to Try at Home
You don't need fancy supplies to promote STEM education at home. Indeed, your child can experiment with simple household items such as magnets. Playing with these intriguing objects also promotes fine motor skill development, improves coordination, and teaches scientific principles.
It's important to note, though, that magnets can be very dangerous for kids—particularly the loose, high-powered ones often found in magnetic building sets and other toys. Swallowing those types of magnets can lead to "serious injuries to the stomach, intestines, and digestive tract and even death," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). That's because the magnets can pull together inside of the body. Therefore the APP recommends adult supervision for young children, and avoiding larger sets of magnets because you might not realize if some have gone missing.
Here are eight activities that help kids understand the amazing properties of magnets. It's time to start exploring—with adult supervision, of course!