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Discovering Magnets

While browsing Pinterest, I found this pin of a discovery bottle designed to teach kids about magnets.


While I plan to eventually get the Learning Resources Classroom Magnet Lab Kit for the kidlets, I decided these bottles would be a great introduction to learning about magnets.  So I saved two flavored coffee drink bottles, picked up some pipe cleaners from the local craft store, and got out the Mod Podge.

discovery bottle supplies

I cut up the pipe cleaners.  At first, I cut the pipe cleaners into fourths, but that was way too big.  So, I cut them smaller.  Once I was satisfied that the pipe cleaners were short enough, I enlisted Mister and Sister’s help with putting the them in the bottles.

 making discovery bottlesmaking discovery bottles

After they put the pipe cleaners in the bottles, I Mod Podge’d the lids in place.

Mod Podge'ing

When the Mod Podge was dry, I let them have fun discovering magnetic properties.

discovery bottle magnetdiscovery bottle magnet<—Look at that smile!

While the small magnets that we keep on the refrigerator did move the pipe cleaners around, and even pull one or two pieces to the top, we did have to get the magnetic wands to enjoy the discovery bottles fully.

magnetic wand

Mister and Sister really enjoyed this project, and I look forward to our next project!

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. What a great idea. I never thought of doing that with pipe cleaners. I will have to add that to one of our science lessons.

  2. How cute…the idea and that SMILE both!

  3. Love that and the kiddos look like they are loving it too.

  4. that is a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it.