I.D.E.A.s for Educators

Investigations, Discoveries, Experiments, Activities
For Children and Teachers to Try At Home or School!


Here’s a Science Magic experiment to try yourself!
You will need:

  • A shoe box
  • White copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sand-box sand
  • A small magnet
  • A paper clip
  • The picture at right

Sand is made up of small pieces of rocks and minerals, including tiny pieces of iron called iron-filings. These small pieces of iron or iron-ore can be moved around with a magnet, to look like a Sand-Bug!

To make your Sand-Bug Theatre, cut the bottom out of a shoe box, and tape a piece of regular copy paper over the hole. Decorate your “Theatre” any way you’d like. (You can use the image above on the front!)

Bend open a large paper-clip so that it looks like an “L”. Tape a small button magnet onto the paper clip.

To operate, spread sand over the top of the theatre, and move your magnet around underneath. Your “sand-bugs” should dance and race around the surface!

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