What on earth could be the link between cornflakes, a magnet and the star of Bethlehem?
To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.
Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it, so the (three) wise men experience the pull of the star. It leads them towards Bethlehem, where they will worship Jesus and present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
"They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." Matthew 2: 9 - 10
This is a great object lesson to illustrate the Christmas story of the wise men following the star of Bethlehem.
It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take it in turns to try moving a cornflake over the water.
The Magi, the (three wise men, the (three) kings, the star of Bethlehem, God's direction
- a strong magnet
- fortified cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better!)
- a bowl of water