Cool & Creative Ways to Use Your Muffin Tins!

Muffin Tin Magnet Exploration

on April 3, 2012

Time for some educational fun! The preschool teacher in me has been dying to post this one, the kids are gonna love it!! This activity is best for ages 3 and up and in a supervised environment 🙂  I found this one on a site called Pre-K Pages and I really enjoyed it. I suggest you take a peek if you have preschoolers, she has a lot of fun activities! It was through her site that I found Crafty Chic Mommy‘s blog about the Muffin Tin Magnetic Tray. Now since they were slightly different I kind of melded what I thought were the best parts of each one together here for you but you can visit both sites separately if you like 😉 This activity can be done for a class of students or your own children at home whether you have 1 or enough to qualify as your own class, lol!



  • String or Yarn {to attach wand to tin}
  • Magnetic Wand {find at local craft store, about $1-2 each}
  • Muffin Tin {6 cup or 12 cup}
  • Wedding Favor Tins {find at local craft store}
  • Magnetic and non-magnetic odds and ends to put in tins {6 or 12 different items depending on muffin tin size}
  • Glue {to seal lids & prevent choke hazard}
  • Self Adhesive Velcro {to affix cups to tins but also allow for removal & closer examination of items}

Place your magnetic and non-magnetic items into the wedding favor tins and secure the lids with glue the lids for safety.  Place the Velcro on the bottom of your muffin tin cups and the opposing piece on your wedding favor cups. If your muffin tin has a hole at the end like the one pictured at the top you can attach your magnet wand using string or yarn. This will prevent the wand from being lost and hopefully keep the wand from coming in contact with a computer, T.V. or other electronic device. Yikes!

Items you can put in your muffin tin:

  • Plastic Bottle Caps
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Paper Clips
  • Pipe Cleaners {cut-up}
  • Mini-Clothespins
  • Staples
  • Jewels
  • Bells
  • Paper Clips
  • Beads
  • Crayon pieces
  • Dice
  • Marbles
  • Erasers
  • Legos
  • Cork
  • The possibilities are endless 🙂

Crafty Chic Mom has some EXCELLENT tips and she says it perfectly so I won’t even try to reword them because I would suggest the EXACT same things so this is what she says…

1. Be sure to explain to your child(ren) what magnetic means and why some items are magnetic and some are not. I do it in a very simple way that a child can understand without getting into all the scientific aspects of magnets….heck I don’t even know that….science wasn’t my thing. Try something along the lines of ” some things around us in our house or preschool are made of metal. Metal is hard and can be found on a stove or a fridge. When a magnet touches something metal it STICKS to it like this (demonstrate). If something is not metal it will NOT stick to a magnet. Children will quickly discover that when they move their magnet wand over the magnetic items in the jar they will quickly jump to the top of the lid.

2. Give the child a magnet to look at first and then introduce an item that is magnetic and non magnetic. Once the child is done exploring the two items allow them to try out the muffin tin. They will also be surprised to find that the muffin tin itself is magnetic.

3. Ask your child(ren) to guess what items they think are magnetic and which are not. Make a record on a chart.

4. For the classroom- have each child bring something magnetic and non magnetic from home to be explored.

5. At home- get your child(ren) involved with making their own magnetic muffin tray using small items from around the house. (This is a personal preference) You may want to make it ahead of time and present it to your children, it’s up to you. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this activity, who knew muffin tins could be used in such an educational way?!  Why MuffinTinMommy and these two ladies of course 😉 Come back for more creative ways to use your muffin tins… who knows what we’ll find next!!


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