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Magnets, with their invisible fields are fun to play with and interesting to learn about.  Here are some ideas for magnet experiments. 

How to Make a Compass
Experiments with Compasses
Magnets and Temperature

Learn more about magnets

The North Pole
Earth's Magnetic Field
Interesting Websites
Magnets and Lodestones
Magnets and Temperature


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Science Experiments for Kids Science doesn't have to be complicated, expensive or use specialized laboratory equipment. There are great science projects that can be performed using common household items.

Whether you are a parent or a student trying to find an idea for a science project, a teacher looking for ideas for the classroom, or a science enthusiast who enjoys the delight of experimentation, you'll find what you're looking for in this book.

101 Easy Science Projects


How to make a compass  

Materials - bowl, water, pin, magnet, cork

  1. Hold one end of the pin, and wipe the magnet along the pin.  When you get to the end of the pin, lift the magnet off and move it back to the top of the pin.  Do NOT wipe the magnet back up the pin.  Repeat at least 20 times.
  2. Push the pin through the cork.
  3. Fill the bowl with water.  Put the pin and the cork on the water.

The pin will rotated and line up along the north south axis. 


  • Make sure there the bowl isn't made of metal and there is no metal around the bowl (like a knife or pair of scissors).
  • Move your compass away from other magnetic fields, like the TV.


Experiments with Magnets and Compasses

While a compass will do its best to point to magnetic north, there are many things that can interfere with it (like the strong magnetic field that can be produced by a TV screen or computer monitor). 
  1. Try bringing a compass near a TV and see what happens. Does it make a difference if the TV is turned off? 
  2. What happens if a piece of iron or steel comes close to the compass?
  3. What happens if a strong magnet is moved around the outside of the compass? 


Experiment with temperature and Magnets




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Exploring Magnet Kits   (Special Deal)

Exploring Magnet Kits (Special Deal)

Includes Magnet Wand, block magnet, two disc magnets, two "doggie" magnets, one metal-encased magnet, magnet viewing film, flexible magnet, wood dowel, shoelace and activity booklet. Ages 6 & up.


Webz 54 piece set

Kids love exploring the properties of magnets with this building set. 

Webz 54 piece set

Janice VanCleave's Magnets: Mind-boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects.



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