Explore magnetic force with this hands-on STEAM activity for Preschoolers!
STEAM represents the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
This STEAM activity is an opportunity for children to explore the force of magnets while connecting to the fun winter sport of ice skating! Whether you prefer figure skating or ice hockey this activity is adaptable to the interests of your children creating a highly engaging STEAM experience!
Check out the STEAM challenge below!
STEAM Challenge: Can you magnetically move the skaters across the ice?
Objective: Use magnetic force to move an ice skater across the ice.
- Pie Pan
- Water & Freezer
- 2 Magnets
- Paper Figure Skater or Digital Camera
- Cardstock Paper
- Scissors and tape
Fill a pie pan with a thin layer of water and place in the freezer.
Create a paper figure skater from a digital photo or draw your own.
If you are a paid member of our STEAM Activity Lab you can print and use our printable skaters as pictured below.
Cut out your figure skater. Use card stock paper and tape to help attach the figure skater to a magnet.
Use the second magnet or magnetic wand underneath the pie plate to move the magnetic figure skater.
Why does the skater move when you move the magnet?
How does ice form?
Do you think skating on ice is easy or hard to do?
How can you make your skater twirl or move faster across the ice?
Science: What other objects can you move with a magnet?
Technology: Watch a real ice skating performance online.
Engineering: Build three- dimensional obstacles to create a maze for your figure skater.
Art: Experiment with painting on the ice.
Math: Use a clock or timer to record how long the ice takes to melt.
Looking for more Winter Game STEAM ideas?
Find all our activities inside the STEAM Activity Lab