Sunday, May 6, 2012

DIY Magnet Wand

Here is a super simple activity that will intrigue your little ones and even the older ones.  Just tape a refrigerator magnet (or a stronger one if you have it) on the end of a large popsicle stick.  Put down some lightweight magnetic objects such as bingo chips or paper clips.  Wave the "magic wand" over the bingo chips and it picks them up.  Then the child takes them off with the other hands and places the chips in a container or back on the table. 

If you are doing this with a little one you want the magnet to not be too strong or it is too hard to get the object off the wand.

Just a reminder, supervise closely for choking hazards!

This play activity encourages:
  • fine motor skills
  • bilateral coordination
  • eye hand coordination


  1. Very simple and yet fun activity. :-)

    1. I agree - I also have the store bought magnetic wands. Kids and adults love to fiddle with them. Something so interesting about picking up so many chips at once - or maybe that is the science geek in me. haha!