Five Minute Craft: Magnet Painting

Magnet painting is science and art wrapped up in a colorful package.  And it’s a super simple set-up project too. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) at its easiest :)

Magnet painting is science and art wrapped up in a colorful package. And it's a simple set-up project too. STEAM (Sci/Tech/Eng/Art/Math) at it's easiest.

Magnet painting is science and art wrapped up in a colorful package. And it's a simple set-up project too. STEAM (Sci/Tech/Eng/Art/Math) at it's easiest.

Magnet Painting Supplies Needed

For this project, you’ll need a few items that you can easily pick up online or ask around the school to see if anyone has some magnet wands you can borrow.

  • Magnet wand {affiliate}
  • Various metal items like ball bearings, springs & screws
  • Various non-metal items like marbles
  • Paper
  • Plastic tray or box (I used an old 9″ x 13″ food container)
  • Tempera paint
  • Cups or palette to dip the metal pieces in
  • Spoons to get the painted covered pieces into the tray

Magnet Painting Supples Left Brain Craft Brain

Magnet Painting How-To

To begin painting, pour your paint into something deep enough to drop your metal pieces into.   I have this awesome cup palette {affiliate} but an egg carton works well too.  Then cut your paper to fit your tray and place a piece inside. Now it’s time to paint!  Dip a metal piece in paint and drop it into the tray.  Then take the magnet wand and move it around under the plastic tray as this keeps the metal pieces rolling smoothly.

Enjoying Magnet Painting Left Brain Craft Brain

 

Magnet Painting Left Brain Craft Brain FB4

See Magnet Painting in Action

We love this project so much that we whipped up a video for it!

Time for Experimentation

One of the best parts of this project is that kids can learn a little science while painting.  You can use all metal pieces or you can throw in some things that the magnet can’t move like glass marbles.  Even all of the metal pieces moved differently.  Some were too heavy and some like the metal bead chain stopped moving when they got covered in paint.  Our favorite was the springs because they rolled around and left cool stripes.

Spring Closeup Left Brain Craft Brain

More Art and STEAM Projects and Ideas

Check out some of our other favorite art and STEAM ideas!

40 of the Best Art Projects for Kids (lots more integrated art ideas here!)

Your kids will love this collection of art projects for kids! You'll find everything you need for cool art projects and simple art lessons for kids. Process art, arts integration projects, recycled art, and more. Many using arts and crafts materials you already have at home.

 

Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out  STEAM Explorers!! The coolest new creative experience for kids is here! Think digital magazine meets online project portal in a safe, kid-friendly environment. (No more worrying about what might be hidden in that YouTube vid!) All engineer, teacher, and mom approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!⁣

What’s included?⁣

  • A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that's fun to read
  • Hands-on, exciting projects the kids will love.⁣
  • Science, tech, engineering, art, and math learning YOU’LL love.⁣
  • Delicious recipes the kids can make.⁣
  • Fun printables and games⁣

And get ready to play this month with the brand new STEAM Explorers Toys Issue! You’re never too old to play with toys, especially the ones you make! 

This month we’re exploring all types of playful things through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

  • Craft the hottest toy of the moment, the Simple Dimple.
  • Discover the power of magnets and tinkering with a Magnetic Motion Toy Lab.
  • Upcycle an old sock and learn valuable life skills while sewing a sweet Sock Beanie Stuffie
  • Make a Magic Fortune Teller and recreate a favorite toy filled with hidden math learning.
  • Have fun pulling and playing with Homemade Taffy while you learn all about sugar science.
  • Play the science of sound with a Thumb Piano.
  • Plus the kids can play and create with their foodbuild their own building kit complete with challenge cards, string up a monster puppet, and more!

All packed up in an easy-to-do package, ready for kids ages 6-12 to have fun.

 

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  6. Such a fun idea! You could also add a writing component by having little ones use tweezers to get the objects out of the paint instead of the spoon. I will have to do this activity with my storytime friends soon!

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