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More than likely your family has a magnet or two sticking on your fridge without the need for glue or sellotape. The magnets use nature's force of magnetism to attach themselves to the metal of your fridge door. Talk with your child about magnets, and find out together how they work. A magnetic field is invisible to our eyes, but you can see how they attract some materials and repel others.
Watch this youtube video explaining how magnets work from "Stuff to blow your mind".
If you would like to read more (optional), learn lots of facts about magnets from Science Kids here.
Have fun with magnets. Take a fridge magnet, or larger magnet if you have one, and see if it picks up different small items around your house. For instance, will it pick up a metal paper clip, or a plastic button? Magnets can damage items like mobile phones, watches and bank cards, so be careful. Primary Science shows you how to organise "A magnetic Race" here.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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