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Montessori Activities: Magnetic/Non-Magnetic


Prep time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Estimated Cost: All home-based objects

Mess level: Non

What you need

Tray and magnet

Examples of what to add:

  • Pencil

  • Rock

  • Metal

  • Bulldog clip

  • Toy digger

  • Wooden block

  • Key

  • Metal spoon

  • Coins etc.....


On the tray put various magnetic and nonmagnetic items.

Give your toddler a magnet (I like to use a magnetic wand) and essentially allow them to explore the tray.

The child selects one item at a time from the basket and tests to see if it is magnetic using the large magnet.


Children get to explore scientific concepts and have fun!.

Ways to adapt

An older child can make predictions (form and then test a hypothesis) as to what is magnetic and nonmagnetic and then sort them.

You can use magnet play to help children increase their language skills by teaching them new magnet-related words, names, and shapes.


When demonstrating these activities Montessori would tell us to work from left to right (preparing the child for reading), so these may not have been the best presentations of the work but this is just something to keep in mind.

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