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Fun Magnet Facts For Kids

Learning about magnets is great fun. Magnets are used every day all over the world. Did you know most refrigerator magnets use ceramic magnets to keep them attached to the refrigerator? Use our fun magnet facts to start learning how magnets work.

Magnets have invisible

magnetic fields

which attract and stick onto steel items.

One end of a 'bar' magnet is a

North pole

and the opposite end is a 

South Pole.

If you attach a bar magnet to a piece

of wood and float it in a bowl of water, it will

slowly turn and the magnet's 

North Pole will point towards the 

Earth's North Pole.

A compass has a tiny bar magnet

in it and it works in the same way, so that

explorers can find their way.

If you put a bar magnet under a sheet of paper

and sprinkle iron powder lightly over the top,

you will suddenly see the invisible magnetic

field as the particles stick to it.

The North Pole of one magnet will 

repel and push away the 

North Pole of another magnet.

The South Pole of one magnet will 

repel and push away

the South Pole of another magnet.

The North Pole of one magnet

will attract and stick to the 

South Pole of another magnet.

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