Your students in class or children at home with love exploring these magnetic games for kids. They all feature a magnet wand and a jar filled with pipe cleaner fireworks. Some of them are really easy and would be great for young children. Some of the magnetic games will tricky and may take some concentration. They would be better suited for older children.
Putting the Magnetic Games for Kids Jar Together
Find the Right Jar
The first thing you will need to do is locate a jar with a large opening. While you can use a jar or bottle with a small opening, it is easier to place the fireworks in a wide mouthed jar. We used a plastic peanut jar.
Making Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
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Next, you will need to make the fireworks together. You will need a variety of blue, red and white pipe cleaners. (Glitter pipe cleaners are fun to add to the jar.)
You can make large fireworks by cutting a pipe cleaner into thirds. Then you can twist the three pieces together to make a star.
Small fireworks can be made by cutting a pipe cleaner in half. Then you can cut the halves into three pieces. The three small pieces can be twisted together to create stars.
We used a magnetic wand to play the magnetic games for kids. If you have a bar magnet or even a refrigerator magnet, you can use one of them instead.
Magnetic Games for Kids
Up, Down, and All Around
Children can use the magnet to move one of the fireworks up, down and all around the jar without attracting any other firework stars.
Grab A Lot
Children can try to gather as many pipe cleaner stars as they can without dropping any.
Rising and Falling Fireworks
Children can try to attract several stars with the magnet. Then they will try to bring them to the drop of the jar. Next, they will find a fun way to drop them back into the pile of fireworks.
Children can create a dance for the fireworks pipe cleaners. They can move the wand in circles, waves or angles to make the fireworks dance.
Tying the Activity into a Book
You may want to read a fireworks-themed book to your children before or having them explore the magnetic games. Here are some wonderful fireworks-themed books.