Magnets are, by far, one of the most fascinating things for children to experience. The excitement of polarity seems like magic to them. This Primary Science Magnet Set by Learning Resources is a wonderfully unique magnet set. The ladybug maze is adorable! Using the large yellow magnet or the purple magnetic post underneath the maze shows children how magnets can pull items (the ladybugs) around. Using the two cars teaches them that magnets can also push items around. This set also comes with a set of activity cards and simple experiments to get children started. They are laminated to last through many preschool science sessions. The children absolutely loved the discs that seemed to float above each other on the purple post. The flat magnets fit on the underside of the cars and moving the polar sides together causes one to flip around the other direction and click to the other. The surprised squeals and giggles were proof that science really is fun! Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
We had so much fun playing with the Primary Science Magnet Set. My 5, 3 and 1.5 year old boys were all thoroughly interested and wanted to try all the activities. We started with the ladybug maze where you use one magnet below the maze and try to guide him through using the magnet. We came back to this game later and "hid" magnets in the maze that the ladybug had to "find" and collect to while moving through the race. Next, we used the bar magnets below the two plastic cars and made the cars spin and repel from each other and then "crash" into each other when the magnets would attract. Then, my son discovered the round ring magnets that would slide onto the pole magnet and that he could make them float and actually jump and spring off the end of the post because the magnet pull to repel away from each other was so strong! We then pulled out paper clips and tested how many clips each of the magnets could hold up. The included activity cards give lots of great suggestions but we easily came up with more or adaptations to the suggestions as well for even more play. This set was an absolute hit with my boys! Disclosure: I received this set for free to review on my website A Mom's Take. Opinions above are my own.
I bought this for my 2 year old daughter to use as a mom-daughter activity. We did the pictures together and then i put it away so she wouldn't lose the pieces. Sometime between the age of 2 and 4 she started playing with it by herself. Even as an adult i enjoyed playing with it, so it was a fun together activity. Great for demonstrating patterning, shapes, art designs.
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