This exploring magnets sensory tray was inspired by BB when he was playing with a train set. He had discovered that a magnetic pen would attach itself to the magnetic couplers on the train. He was fascinated by it. I then gave him my magnetic wand to use as well. When EC and YC got home from school, they also started playing with it. Now they can all explore the properties of magnetism.

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To make your own exploring magnets sensory tray you will need:

  • Magnets
  • Paper clips
  • Springs
  • Magnetic letters or something similar
  • Trains with magnets
  • Metal utensils

I just left the magnetic sensory tray on the side bench in the playroom as an invitation to play.

exploring magnets sensory tray

When BB came down to play he made a bee line straight for the sensory tray.  It was really sweet to watch him use the magnets and try and attach them to other objects.  He was chatting to himself as he did it; “Does it stick? Yup.  Does it stick? Yup.  Does it stick? Nope.”  It made me smile.

exploring magnets sensory tray

He realised that the little magnets wouldn’t attach to the funnel.

If you enjoyed this magnetic sensory tray be sure to check out my exploring light and marble run with tapioca pearls.

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Exploring magnets sensory tray for children.


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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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