What Makes A Magnet? by Franklyn Branley is another title from the excellent Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. M and I checked it out and did several of the suggested experiments a few years ago, but she remembered it recently and asked me to get it again. She’s been wanting to do some magnet experimen,t but she remembered this book specifically because of the mouse who appears throughout the first half of the book and assists a girl with her exploration of magnets.
The activities in the book are easy to do at home and include materials you likely have on hand. For example, magnet fishing requies a pencil and string fishing pole with a magnet for “bait” and some household objects that are magnetic and some that aren’t such as a rubber band, a crayon, a dime, a paper clip, a tack, and a pin. The book also explains how to make a magnet with a needle and then use the needle magnet to make a compass. I’m excited about doing these experiments again and I’d recommend this book to anyone with elementary-aged kids interested in magnets.
This week’s Non-Fiction Monday round-up is at Wrapped in Foil.