This magnetic sensory box is about using magnets and exploring what is magnetic and what isn’t.  This activity is aimed at children from about 18 months up, adult supervision is obviously a must when doing this with very young children.

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You will need:

  • A container
  • A filler sensory item such as rice
  • Magnets of various sizes
  • Metal objects like paper clips
  • Non metal objects like pom-poms etc

We had a collection of fridge magnets of various strengths and a magnetic wand (which we got from Amazon).  I gave YC the sensory box to use during her rest hour, and left her to play with it without any input form me.  At one point she moved on from playing with the things in the box and started exploring what objects the magnets would stick to in her room.

magnetic sensory box

Our magnetic wand and disks

magnetic sensory box

YC trying to see if the plastic jigsaw bits will stick to the magnet

magnetic sensory box

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This magnetic sensory box is about using magnets and exploring what is magnetic and what isn't.