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This is a fun, science craft that I tried from a book called "Science Arts." MAGNETISM is a property of some metals such as iron. Many objects around the house like washers, nuts, bolts, and screws are partly made of iron and will be attracted to a magnet.
piece of Plexiglas (11" x 14" or 28cm x 36cm or larger)
metal objects such as washers, nuts, bolts
embroidery floss (or thread)
"MAGNETISM is a property of some metals such as iron. Many objects around the house like washers, nuts, bolts, and screws are partly made of iron and will be attracted to a magnet. The force from the magnet can be felt right through many materials, like Plexiglas. When the magnet is moved under the Plexiglas, objects with iron in them will be moved around above the Plexiglas."
1. Place Plexiglas across two large blocks with enough room under the plexiglass to move hands.
2. Tape the paper on top of the Plexiglas.
3. Tie varying lengths of embroidery floss to washers and nuts.
4. Dip the washers or other metal objects in paint and lay them on the paper.
5. Hold a magnet against the underside of the Plexiglas and begin moving the magnet.
6. The magnet will "paint" with the metal objects and embroidery floss as the move over the paper.
7. Remove the objects, dip again in more paint, and continue painting until design is complete.
Spoon blobs of paint on the paper and drag the objects through the paint with the magnet.
Experiment with food coloring or watercolors instead of tempera paint.
Insert a marker through a nut.
Place the nut and marker on top of the washer so that marker tip is exposed. Tape the marker, nut, and washer together. Move the magnet underneath the Plexiglas to begin drawing with the marker in the nut.