Friday, July 15, 2011
Today I was showing my kids how magnets have a special power that enables them to attract other magnetic things such as iron, steel, cobalt and nickel. I explained to them that magnets have two main forces - push and pull.
I took a magnet off the fridge and then got a paper clip (they are made of steel). I had my daughter hold a paper clip close to a magnet. It was easy for her to feel the magnet pulling on the paper clip. I explained to her that the invisible force is called magnetism.
My son enjoyed this experiment as well, he loved sticking the magnets on anything metal he could find. ;)