Boo and I have been a slacking in doing our Montessori Jar since we moved in December (OK, truth be told we had been slacking WAY before our move, and most of the activities that were in her jar mysteriously disappeared only to be found smushed in her plastic vanity drawer where they are at this very moment). Needless to say, I am excited to be back in the Montessori activity game!
I found the cleaning penny idea at The Science Explorer. We set to work gathering the materials- 20 dull and dirty pennies, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, clear shallow bowl, and 2 paper towels labeled “Rinsed” and “Not Rinsed” (the website suggests doing activities with nails and bolts- we just stuck to the pennies).
Take a penny and dip it halfway into the vinegar and salt mixture. Count to 10 and…
Half of your penny is clean! So cool!!
After doing this a couple times (since it was super exciting for both of us), dump all your pennies into the vinegar/salt mixture.
After 5 minutes, take half your pennies and put them on the “Not Rinsed” paper towel.
Take the other half of your pennies and rinse them well. Place these on the “Rinsed” paper towel. And now it’s time to wait.
After one hour, the “Not Rinsed” pennies will have a nice blue tint to them! The reason is that the copper atoms are joining with oxygen atoms and chlorine atoms from the salt.
This was a super easy science experiment that Boo and I both enjoyed. We just love science around here!!:)