This is a simple lab for young children to explore the magnet's properties of attraction. It can also be used as an independent science station.
They will test to see if the magnet can still pick up a paperclip through a variety of substances. They will put the paperclip into an empty cup and see if they can figure out a way to get the paperclip out of the cup without putting the magnet into the cup. They can fill the cup with water an see if their solution still works without spilling the water. They will then test to see if it will still attract the magnet through an index card or paper, cloth, wood popsicle sticks and their hand.