The materials we used were pipe cleaners cut into small pieces, some brads and paper clips. You can use anything that is magnetic. I put them in a plastic container that I had and we used the large red magnet, which I picked up at Lakeshore.
I didn't really plan the "Patriotic" theme, it was just what I had on hand:)
The girls pulled the magnetic items up the side of the container and had a blast seeing how many things they can grab.
Well...all of those little magnetic things found their way OUT of the nice and neat contained container. Oh well...they had fun:)
I went to make some lunch for the girls as they continued to
make a mess discover and learn great stuff with our magnets. When they were done "playing" my two little sweeties complained about cleaning up the mess, which was all over the floor by now. Well...actually, Audrey complained and Sophia just walked away from the mess.
I told Audrey to just use the magnet to pick up the pieces and...it worked:) I wish all toys were magnetic and that easy to clean up! The girls enjoyed this activity! So simple. So FUN! So educational!