Want to do some cool magnet demos at home? Here is a document with all of the demos we showed during Step into STEM. They include a list of materials, instructions to get the demo started, and a description of why the demo works.
If something doesn’t work right away, experiment with different angles, shapes, and configurations. Usually, a wire needs to be straighter, or a magnet or a wire needs to have better contact with the battery. Good luck!