I knew my preschoolers would love this science experiment...I didn't know my 20-month old would love it too! Penny Playground teaches young children about balance and levers in a Montessori-style experiment.
- 5 pennies
- 1 nickel
- any other coins you want
- 12-inch ruler
- small block or other fulcrum
The easy how-to:
Show your child how to set up the see-saw with the ruler and the block. Challenge her to find out how many pennies it takes to balance a nickel. Ask her to make a hypothesis--a guess she can test about what the right answer is! Make sure you place the coins at the ends of the ruler. Once she has figured out the challenge, let her experiment and answer her own questions...she will have plenty!
This science experiment comes from the packet 5 Science Experiments With Pennies for Young Children, available at Teachers Notebook.