Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Magnetic Art

Yesterday I ran out of the house to do some quick errands. One thing I was dead set on getting was a magnetic bowl from Harbor Freight Tools (it's the kind of thing construction/auto workers would use to hold nails and metal bits in place while they work). There was a coupon to get it free in their local ad, and while I didn't quite know what I was going to do with it, I knew I couldn't pass up FREE :)

Fast forward to this morning when my husband left for work at 5 a.m. and I couldn't get back to sleep. Both my boys were sleeping and I decided it was the perfect chance to get creative with the magnetic bowl. As soon as I pulled out my crafting materials I realized I could use pipe cleaners with the bowl since they have a flexible metal spine.

Magnetic art activity for toddlers

The project is really simple. It only requires a magnetic bowl, pipe cleaners bent into interesting shapes, and some imagination :)




Okay, I have to admit I designed all the art in the pictures above :) What can I say? My boys are still sleeping and I had fun unleashing some creativity!

While my son will probably stick to making modern art creations and "oohing" and "aahing" the magnetic properties of the bowl and pipe cleaners, I think this activity is a win for all ages- even adults ;-)

Unfortunately my poor son has been sick with bronchiolitis (it has been rough!) But we had a few minutes to take out this activity and I am happy to say he calmly enjoyed investigating and experimenting with it.  He put all the pipe cleaners on the bowl and turned it upside down, when to his amazement, all the pipe cleaners stayed on the bowl! I loved watching his face light up when he made that discovery :) As for pictures, I only shot one because I was sitting close cuddling my sick little man as much as he would let me.

magnetic art activity

**UPDATE** I just took this activity out for my son to explore again and he was just as mesmerized by the magnetic properties of the bowl and pipe cleaners as the first time we explored it!