things you will need
- Thick card
- 1 x wooden lolly stick
- 2 x magnets (we used some old fridge magnets)
- Printer or pens
Make the maze
- Print out a circle maze of your choice on thick card.
- Print out two penguin images (one larger for the middle of the maze and a smaller one for the lolly stick.
- Cut out the circle maze and penguin shapes.
- Glue the larger penguin to the middle of the maze.
- If you don’t have a printer, simply cut out a circle (about 18cm) and draw your own.
Prepare the magnets
- Glue a magnet to one end of the wooden lolly stick.
- Glue the remaining magnet to the blank side of the small penguin image.
- IMPORTANT: Make sure the top of the magnet attached to the lolly stick is facing so it is attracted to the bottom of the penguin magnet.
Try it out
- Once the glue has dried, your magnet maze is ready.
- Place the small penguin at the entrance to the maze.
- Place your magnet wand underneath the card so it attracts the small penguin.
- Challenge your family and friends to see who can return the baby penguin to its parent in the fastest time.
How it works
- Magnets produce an invisible force called magnetism.
- This force will pull some metals towards the magnet (metals that contain iron, nickel and cobalt).
- All magnets have two polar (opposite) ends – these are called the north and south poles.
- Two poles of the same type (e.g. North and North( will always repel each other. This is described as magnetic repulsion.
- Two poles that are different (e.g. North and South) will attract each other. This is called magnetic attraction.
- Magnetic attraction is used in this project to return the little penguin back to its parent.