Lolly Stick Magnets

At first glance, these magnets don’t look like much, in fact they don’t look very inventive at all! But they’re actually hugely versatile and a great way for children to learn about forming different shapes. Each lolly stick magnet can be arranged with other lolly stick magnets of the same colour to form a particular shape – children just need to work out what it is!

Skill Level


Time to Make

25 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Start by making the magnets to form a triangle. Take six orange craft sticks and divide them into pairs.
  2. Arrange each pair so that they line up neatly, then stick a self-adhesive magnet disc to each end, on the join of the two sticks – this will keep them secured to each other. You will now have three orange magnets.
  3. These magnets can be arranged together on a magnetic surface to form a triangle shape.
  4. Next create the magnets for a square. Take eight blue lolly sticks and do the same thing – divide them into pairs, match each pair up neatly and secure with a self-adhesive magnet disc on each end.
  5. These magnets will form a square.
  6. You can make as many different shapes as possible, just use a magnet ‘stick’ for each side of the shape.

Top Tip

Add an extra dab of glue if you want extra long lasting magnets that are going to be used repeatedly.

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