This is a fun and easy little toy for the preschool set (okay, I played with it for quite a while the evening that I made it). If your kids like kaleidoscopes, they are sure to enjoy this toy. I didn’t have any plastic containers lying around, so I’ve used a glass one, but next time I have an empty peanut butter jar I’ll switch this over. My kids are old enough not to break this one, but I think the magnet will be stronger through thin plastic vice thick glass.
All I did was cut up twenty piece of pipe cleaner into fairly small pieces (3/4″-2″) and put them in a jar. I gave my kids the jar and a strong magnet that I pulled of the fridge. Voilà, hours of fun! I got the idea from Pre-school Play on Blogspot.
When my 4 year old tried it out he almost immediately asked if we could try it with pom-poms, so that was the perfect segue into a very basic discussion about magnets and what they will/will not attract.
This was a real hit with both my 4 year old and my 2 year old 🙂