I used a pocket chart stand to suspend two magnets by tying them to the bar with yarn: a horseshoe magnet and a magnet wand. At the time this photo was taken, my class was infatuated with making spiral snakes which they hung all over the classroom — those are the colorful pieces hanging from the top bar, but these are not necessary for magnet experiments :).
There are two ways to use the hanging magnets:
- Children can attach paper clips or magnet balls to the hanging magnets, and see how many clips or balls will attach to the magnet without falling.
- Children can use a second magnet wand and slowly move it closer to the hanging magnet to see how far they must get before the hanging magnet “jumps” to the magnet in their hand.