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Observe the pulling power of magnets by making your own amazing maze! Use magnets to guide figures around turns, into dead ends, and to the finish.
Working in small groups, invite students to explore how magnets work. Provide classroom resources on the subject, as well as access to suggested Internet web sites on the topic. Challenge students to make predictions and test which objects and materials are attracted to magnets. Observe how magnets attract and repel. Have students record their findings on a chart with Crayola® Washable Markers.
Challenge student knowledge of magnets and put it to work! Have students draw mazes on recycled file folders or poster board. Mazes could relate to a theme, favorite book, or holiday. For example, a maze could be created focused on bats finding their way through a cave. If classmates are good at these puzzles, make them more challenging! After mazes are finished, students try to solve each other's mazes.
To make the playing figures (such as bats) that will find their way through the maze, students fold construction paper in half. Use Crayola Scissors to cut small figures along the fold. Make tabs at their bases so they can stand up. Fold tabs.
Color figures with markers. Attach a paper clip on the bottom of each one with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
To solve mazes, students set one figure at the start. Use a guiding magnet to pull the figure along the maze from start to finish.
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