The best thing about science is how naturally hands on it is! With this activity, your little physicists can explore their ideas on magnetic objects prior to learning about what exactly a magnet is and what it needs in order to attract and repel objects! Allow your learners early on to get hands on and make predictions about what they think is magnetic and what is not! After they've explored by touching and feeling each of the objects, pass out the magnets and let them get to testing out their ideas! Afterwards have a discussion about how all of the objects they deemed magnetic in the end have to have iron in them in order to be magnetic. Were there any surprises? Were there any that seemed stronger than others? Why do they think this is! The conversations held by your little scientists will carry this lesson to a natural curiosity that a preplanned lesson might not cover. Explore and engage your little learners with their own questions guiding their discoveries!
Set this up as a science station to explore or allow students to work in pairs to test out objects found throughout the room. Set up little baskets with everything your scientists need and encourage them to explore beyond what's on the page!