This is the second in a series of ideas with magnets. To add a magnet activity to the sensory table, fill the table with rice. Mix in some non-magnetic plastic beads (such as colorful pony beads), magnetic marbles, and colored metal paper clips. Include a magnet wand for each child. Children explore with the magnets in the sensory table, discovering which items are magnetic and which are not, and using the magnet wands to find buried magnetic treasure. They can also see how many paper clips and magnetic marbles they can attach to the wands before they fall. (Note: These items could be a choking hazard for very young children.)
Where to find these items:
Pony Beads: Can be found in craft stores and discount stores.
Magnetic Marbles: Can be purchased from school supply stores.
Magnet Wands: Can be found in fabric shops or in the party supply dept (used for bingo games).