Magnet experiments

Thinking about the images of MRI scanners in our collection we decided to find out more about how magnets works – why not have a go yourself!

You will need

  • craft magnets
  • cotton thread
  • paper clips
  • card
  • scissors


  1. Thread a length of cotton through some card tie a knot so it doesn’t pull through and fix a paper clip to the loose end
  2. With your craft magnets see if you can lift the end of the paper clip without touching it…. the paper clip should float in the air being attracted to the magnets (see the film clip below)

Video guides

Other tips and ideas


Download magnet experiments activity sheet (pdf)

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