skill level: easiest
cost: under $5
craft time: 5-10 minutes
steel sewing needle
piece of thin plastic foam (like from a fast-food container)
have on hand
shallow glass or plastic bowl filled with water
Pull the sewing needle toward you across the magnet 20 times to magnetize it.
Test the needle on the paper clip. It it doesn’t attract the clip, repeat the first step.
Tape the needle to a the small piece of plastic foam.
Float the magnet in the dish of water.
Where is it pointing?
Spin it and watch to see where it stops.