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Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


Over the weekend I set up an invitation to play that involved magnets. I had wanted a set of wands and chips for a long time and now we stock them in the shop I've managed to get my hands on a set for us and they're brilliant! 

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Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


One of our most played with toys is our Connetix Tiles. I added them to the play set up too and used our new sensory table to house it all. I poured in coloured rice that I have had in storage containers for a while and decided on the colours green and yellow. 

Around the top of the tray I spread out Connetix tiles and filled some of the gaps with the circular magnet chips. In the rice I added the chips too along with a magnetic wands. The colours were popping together and it was a wonderful invitation to play that the children couldn't wait to get stuck into. 



Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


One thing I love about the chips/wands is how versatile they are! Within this play set up we had explored colours, quantity, pattern and cause and effect! 

The children were mesmerised with how the wand collected the magnets and they spent a long while just exploring this. Slowly moving the wand across the surface, collecting the chips before knocking them all back off to start again. 


Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


They swirled the head of the wand into the rice making marks in the rice as they did so. They explored how many chips the magnet could collect at once and they asked for bowls later on in the day to make delicious cakes in the tray too! Our invitations to play often lead to cake making or pizza cooking! 


Lets see this activity in action:




Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


I left the set up out and throughout the day they would return to it and continue to play and explore the magnets. It took them a little while to figure out that the Connetix Tiles would also pick up the chips. They then spent time seeing how many they could hang from the tiles. 



Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play


My children are currently 4 years old and almost 8 years old. They equally loved this activity. I look forward to using them in lots more activities. 

Have you got a set of chips and wands? What do you love doing with them? Would love to hear from you! 

Magnetic Wands and Chips Sensory Play




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