Warning: Magnets can be dangerous. A responsible adult MUST supervise this activity. Magnets can be harmful when ingested. If a child ingests a magnet, seek medical help immediately. Never allow children to use magnets without appropriate adult supervision. Not for children under 3 years old.
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Here is a good distraction activity with a little bit of science learning thrown it: Simple Magnets Play! I stole/borrowed it from a number of sources including Wildwood Cottage blog and the book Do-It-Yourself Early Learning. The first order of business was to go on an excursion to the hardware store and while I was looking for a magnet like the one this cutie played had instead I found a pair of super strength ceramic magnets and a super-fun telescoping magnet wand!
I gave Kiddo an assortment of metal hardware with which to experiment and he had a grand time. The super strength magnets sure gave his fingers a workout; they were hard for him to pull apart when they ended up stuck together, but he didn't give up.
He also discovered that if he put the hook on the end of the wand he could use it to "fish" for a variety of objects!
We use the inside of our front door (which is steel) in lieu of the fridge for magnets and as a chalkboard (with the help of some blackboard paint) so I can store this activity in a bag where Kiddo can easily retrieve it whenever he wants.
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