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In this activity, learners will observe magnetic properties and sort objects by them. This activity uses everyday items to teach learners about magnetic forces, poles and properties of magnets. Activity includes material suggestions, step-by-step instructions, extension activities and caretaker prompts. Safety note: Make sure to keep magnets away from electronics.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • magnets
  • objects that are magnetic: steel wool, paper clips, paper brads, scissors, etc
  • objects that are not magnetic: paper, cotton, markers, plastic objects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access