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Rainy Day Kites

What you’ll learn: This activity is a great way to teach your kid about the power of magnets and other ‘invisible’ forces.

What you need:

  • A piece of paper
  • kitesA paper clip
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • A magnet
  • Tape

What to do:

  • Cut a kite shape out of the paper (roughly 3 inches long)
  • Decorate your kite with a drawing!
  • Attach a paper clip to the top corner of the kite
  • Tape a piece of thread about 8 inches long to the opposite corner of the kite
  • Tape the other end of the thread to a flat surface, such as a table
  • Use a strong magnet to pick up the paper clip and extend the string to its full length
  • Holding the kite between your fingers, move the magnet away from the paper clip
  • Let go of the kite and watch it fly!

After your rainy day kites have flown:

  • Discuss the power of magnets. What is a ‘magnetic field’? What sort of objects are magnets attached to? Do magnets have to directly be touching an object to have an effect on it?

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