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Make A Compass

Teach young people how to make their own compass. This craft is illustrated with annimated instructions  on Things2Make.


A magnet
A bowl of water
A needle


Magnetise the needle by stroking it (Say 40 times) in one direction with the same side of a magnet each time.

Place the needle on a small leaf (Or piece of tissue paper) and gently put on the surface of the water. If you use tissue paper it should soak up the water and sink leaving the needle on the surface!

The needle will slowly turn to point North-South. You can also magnetise the needle by stroking it with silk in the same direction or by aligning it in a pre known north south direction and gently tapping it with a hammer on one end. If you are using it to get home, be careful, the pointy end of the needle may actually point South it depends which way you stroke it and with what end of the magnet is used.

The four main points of a compass can easily be remembered by the term:
Never Eat Shreaded Wheat (Placed clockwise)

This project reprinted courtesy of Things2Make.

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she’s not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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