Magnets are lots of fun for children to use, they seem quite magical. Here is a fun activity that allows your child to create some crazy magnetic hair styles.
Crazy Magnetic Hair Styles
You may remember a science experiment that I demonstrated on Laughing Kids Learn that highlighted magnetic force.
I couldn’t help myself and get a bit creative with the left over pipe-cleaners and somehow I started to make crazy hair styles. It was so much fun and it surprised me how many different styles I could create.
Recommended age: 5 years +
Strict and active supervision required. Magnets can be dangerous, especially if swallowed.
To do this activity you need –
- Pipe cleaner pieces (cut to about 2cm lengths)
- Large hand helps magnet
- Googly eyes (optional
Using the magnetic wand, which cost me $4AU from a craft store, I drew a simple nose and mouth and added some googly eyes.
Let the magnetic force begin!
Demonstrating how magnets attract metal, I used the end of the magnet to start gathering up all the little pieces. I loved how the googly eyes seemed to come alive and look at the stands of hair that it suddenly was attracting to its ‘head’.
As you can see I started using the coloured strands to make patterns and various styles. It was so much fun.
Front & Back
I found that I was able to really create different expressions on my little magnetic characters my using pipe cleaner strands for eyebrows and tilt them in various directions. This could be fun and helpful for special needs children who have difficulty interpreting emotions.
Here is my best version of a punk! LOL
I wonder what wonderful and crazy magnetic hair styles your child can come up with doing this activity.