Make an Electromagnet | Experimonkey | Cool science experiments for kids


  • Insulated Copper Wire
  • Diagonal Pliers
  • Iron Nail
  • Tape
  • Battery
  • Paper Clip


  1. Ask an adult to help you strip 2-3cm of insulation off both ends of the wire.

  2. Leaving about 20cm extra on both ends and trying your best not to make overlaps, wrap the wire around the nail in a neat spiral. (The more wraps you make, the stronger your magnet will be!)

  3. Tape one of the ends to the positive '+' side of the battery and the other to the negative '-' side. You've just created an electromagnet!

  4. Experiment with your electromagnet by picking up paper clips. How many can you pick up? What happens if you remove some of the wire wrappings? What if you add some more?

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