Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stuart Little and Playing with Magnets

We have really been enjoying Stuart Little by E.B. White.  It had been awhile since we had a chapter book read-aloud, and Elliott is really getting into it.  There is a scene in the beginning where a ring falls down the drain, and ultimately they cannot reach it, so Stuart scampers down to retrieve it.  For some reason, this part really stuck out to Elliott.

Then I had an idea to recreate that scene, and have Elliott figure out how to get a "ring" out of a drain.  I don't always do a lot of extended activities with our literature readings, mostly because I want Elliott to enjoy reading for the sake of reading and to find the pleasure and joy of reading a good book.  I don't want all the extras to distract from the story.

However, he has also been interested in magnets lately, so I figured I would go in that direction.

I set up a tray with a "drain" a "ring" and several items to use to try to reach the ring.

I put some longer items on the tray (some raided from the 'junk' box), to see if he would try those first.

I put the tube over the small magnetic ring, and asked Elliott if he could reach it.  Obviously his hand doesn't fit.

He skipped right over the longer items and went straight for the magnets.  He tried connecting them to make them longer.

But he just couldn't get them to catch the small one...

He lost his grip and had even more items to retrieve!

He finally pulled them all out at once!

After that, he went through the house looking for other magnetic items.  He spent about 30 minutes playing and exploring on his own!

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  1. How fun! Jax loves magnets. I'm going to pin this for future use.

  2. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  3. That's a great idea! We have Stuart Little on our shelf, but it has never made its way to the top of our reading list yet. One of these days we'll get to it!

  4. We love to explore with magnets too. What a wonderful book tie-in.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  5. What a great way to explore and tie it into a book. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! Have a great week!!

  6. My son loves magnets too, and I have been looking for a magnet set like yours. For some reason, I haven't been able to find one online. Do you know the name of the company that does these? Maybe you still have the box or it's written on them? (just hoping to find SOME info...). Thanks!!!

    1. Marianne, I threw the package out. I had them in the closet forever (My younger son at EVERYTHING and then I forgot about them), but I am almost positive they came from the Dollar Tree a long time ago.

    2. Thank you Brittney! I had those when I was a kid, but I have no idea where they came from... or where they went. I'll keep looking!

  7. What a fab idea! TY for linking up to The Sunday SHowcase

  8. What fun =-) My kids LOVE playing with magnets!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF =-)

  9. Exploring magnets is so much fun! My kids love doing it too.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sunday!

  10. How fun thanks for linking to fun frugal friday. I hope you will stop by again this week. : )

  11. You are so clever with pairing books up with hands-on activities. I need to make or buy a magnet wand for Boogie because I think he would really enjoy exploring for magnetic objects. Thanks for linking up to WOTT!