Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cleaning Pennies

I didn't plan to do this activity. Nicholas found four pennies on the pavement and spent the day carrying them around, putting them in and out of his pocket, playing with them...

I decided a great way to keep him contained for a few minutes would be to let him 'clean' his pennies. I gave him a small pot with a dribble of white vinegar and a cotton bud and left him to it.

As suspected, I was left in peace to clean the dinner dishes! Once he had finished scrubbing, I sprinkled some bicarbonate of soda on one his tray and let him enjoy the fizzing when we added vinegar. He was very excited to see the reaction. Unfortunately I was too busy helping to get pictures of his face!

Finally, I gave him a cloth to clean up the bicarby-vinegary mess.

Unfortunately, the coins were no cleaner when we finished, but at least Nikki had fun!

Linking to Montessori Mondays


  1. This is cute! Thank you for sharing. I'm always looking for new ways to keep our little man entertained for a bit while I'm busy.

  2. I love your son's concentration ... adorable photos! It's great that you followed his interest and created new activities for him! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow