Floating Butterfly

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In this activity, learners create a cool floating animal using the science of magnetism. Learners discover what happens when a piece of magnetic metal enters a magnet's field. Learners also examine magnetic poles. Note, a drill is required for this activity, and is not included in the cost of materials. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 baseboard
  • 10" dowel, 1/4" diameter works well
  • 1/2 paint paddle
  • 1 small magnet
  • 1 small nail
  • 12" fishing line
  • 1 paper clip
  • paper and crayons for decorations
  • scissors
  • hammer
  • hot glue gun
  • drill bit, same diameter as dowel
  • drill


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, 2012

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