Science unit studies are a lot of fun to create and do because they provide tons of opportunity for hands-on activities. There are plenty of ways to explore science in your homeschool, no matter what ages your children are. Check out all the different ways you can study magnets in this Homeschool Living.
How Stuff Works offers a pretty comprehensive overview of how magnets work, how they are made, and the properties of different types of magnets. This is a fascinating read and a great resource for older students.
Let’s be honest–we adults often enjoy the hands-on activities and experiments just as much as the kids do. Check out this assortment of magnet experiments for kids and learn how to defy gravity, make magnetic slime, eat magnetic cereal, and more!
Mastery of Magnets
Magnets have been essential to the survival of explorers around the world for centuries. How? A simple magnet forms the basis of the compasses used for navigation. Learn how a compass works and even experiment with creating your own functioning compass for a hands-on science activity that will appeal to a wide range of ages.
You might be surprised how often we use magnets in our everyday life. Learn about the plethora of everyday uses for magnets and even create a scavenger hunt to allow kids to search out magnets and discover just how useful they are.
Do you know which magnet is the biggest magnet in the world? Trick question–it’s the earth itself! The earth’s magnetic field influences phenomena such as migratory patterns in the natural world, and protects the planet from high levels of radiation by deflecting solar winds which would otherwise strip away the ozone layer. You can learn more about the earth’s magnetic field, its formation, and its role in scientific research here.