I’ve decided that I’m basically a thief with these Wednesday Playday posts. So by the transitive property, you all are the recipient of stolen goods. Sorry. We are fortunate to have an amazing children’s museum down the road and I took this picture a while back when we were picking up as many germs from the place as we could. Stumped?
The black bar on the outside is a magnet, and inside are little shards of metal. As you slide the magnet up and down, it collects the little shards inside the tube. Amazing. It seemed like an easy concept to DIY so I finally got my act together last week to make our own magnetic bottle. Materials are easy, but you’ll probably have to make a quick trip to the hardware store.
- misc. filler:
- I used washers, nuts, pipe cleaners, pom poms and sequins
- hot glue gun
1. Tie string around neck of your bottle and attach to your magnet.
2. Wrap your magnet in felt and glue to secure. (This keeps the magnet from scraping the sides of your bottle.)
3. Put filler into your bottle.
4. Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around.
Once Martha realized what the magnet did, she loved this.
When Oliver got home from school, he quickly usurped the magnet bottle and has been sleeping with it ever since.
He had fun seeing how the washers and nuts conducted the magnetism and made a chain when he slowly moved the magnet along the edge of the bottle.
He’s old enough that I can point out that some things ‘stick’ to the magnet and some things don’t.
Can we take a minute to really absorb the edible glory that is Martha’s dimpled hands:
I was glad to have this flat sided bottle as it’s easier to move the magnet up and down, but any bottle will work. After a few days, the string broke because Oliver was carrying the whole bottle by holding the magnet alone, but that’s an easy fix… I only mention because you don’t want to pick a string that’s too thin. Also, I’m not a nervous nelly, but was definitely conscious of not making this string too long so that it could get around a neck somehow.
Chances are pretty good that your child will get into MIT with this early exposure to physics. You’re welcome.
Check out last week’s Wednesday Playday here.
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