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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Painting with Magnets

Painting with O's magnetic "rocks" was another fun extension of our book of the week, Let's Go Rock Collecting. To do this activity, she dropped a magnetic rock in a cup of paint and then dropped the magnet onto a sheet of cardstock that was on a tray. I held the tray while she moved another magnet underneath the tray to make art. This was a lot of fun, and it was a great way to combine art and science!
We quickly found that it worked better to just squeeze a blob of paint onto the paper and drag the magnet through it. O had fun mixing the colors of paint on her paper. Also, make sure your tray is not magnetic. We tried this activity with a cookie sheet, and it didn't work very well since the cookie sheet was magnetic and therefore held the rock still :)