Shiny Pennies

Fun Jar Activity:  make shiny pennies.  Soak in 2 Tbsp vinegar and 2 tsp salt.

Assembled:

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A closer look at our coins.  I was curious if it would work on non-penny coins.

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It works!

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Rinse and  … looking pretty shiny, except for that stubborn one.

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After a few hours we came back and looked at them.  They were turning green.  This took me by surprise but then from the recesses of my brain I seemed to recall something about oxidation.  I looked it up and how to get rid of it … clean in vinegar and salt.  Hmmm, that seems to be what caused it on our coins.  Maybe it was the water rinsing?  After another hour or so the pennies were looking as dark and dirty as before the experience.  I don’t have the motivation to figure out any more from there and the kids don’t either so that’s good enough for us.  How long will we keep pennies in circulation anyway?

 

Obstacle Course

SONY DSCOur first Fun Jar activity was to create an obstacle course.  That was Guster’s pick.

I had fun turning the backyard into an obstacle course.  They had to run around the clothes line pole and crawl through the ladder golf set

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go down the slide, over a tire, and kick a ball

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go on the swing, over the ladder, and finish with a splash in the pool!

Then I had fun watching as they created their own obstacle courses.  Imaginations unleashed.

 

 

Flying High

We were all outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Hubby and the kids had just finished planting a peach tree.

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As the sun warmed me and the breeze cooled me I remembered something that Kiki has been asking to do for quite some time.  Fly our kite.  I had put it off thinking we had to find a park but as we looked around our yard we figured we had enough space to try.  So glad we did!

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Now I feel like I should burst out in the Mary Poppins kite flying song … Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest heights … 🙂