Have you ever read "fortified with iron" on your cereal box and wondered what that means?
I have seen that banner on breakfast cereal boxes my whole life but never thought about it.
When we tried this at home, I don't know who was more surprised - me or the kids!
Most cereals have extra iron in them, but check the ingredients to make sure yours does, or this won't work!
Now, let your child examine the cereal. This is an important step for any science exploration.
They're probably going to want to try it, too.
Now, take the magnet, and run it along the cereal flakes.
Were you able to pick any of them up?
We weren't. Our magnet was totally clean when we were done.
So we crunched up the cereal into little bits.
Then we tried the magnet again-- making sure to get it really close without actually touching the cereal.
And success! We picked up little bits of iron flakes that were in the cereal!
How cool is that?
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