ACS: Science ABCs - 'M' is for Magnet

Makisha plays with magnets
At every chance she gets.
She uses them to make things,
For people and their pets.

One day while watching skaters
Slide by along the pond,
She thought of an invention—
A magnet wonder wand!

With paper clips and paper
Of course a magnet too
Try what young Makisha did—
It’s so much fun to do!



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What You’ll Need

  • White Paper
  • Blunt-tipped Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper Clips
  • Construction Paper
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Magnet


How does Makisha’s magnet make her skaters move?

Metal paper clips contain iron, a metal that magnets attract. Magnets can work through many materials, including paper. The wonder wand magnet attracts the paper clips through the paper, allowing the skaters to skate.


Science Topics
Force (Magnetic), Physics
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
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