29 Mar

Here is another way of experiencing  “cheap entertainment”.  Since it is Club Creative Studio’s TWO CENT TUESDAY post today, I hope to pass along a few ideas you can use to challenge your children and make use of your coins while they are sitting in a piggy bank, and collective jars. Consider entertainment using your actual collected coins as a source for entertainment of your children.  It costs mere pennies literally!

Give children a handful of spare change and allow or show them how to be creative for a few minutes or part of an afternoon. First make sure they are old enough to handle coins and not ingest them or use them unsafely.  Supervise and participate in their activity.   If a child already has a coins saved up in their own piggy bank , they can use those and then return them after they have been used in a coin game.

Children can make a coin mosaic picture or try to balance pennies on or between their toes for some interesting challenges.  Use as a


sorting activity and have them sort all of the pennies by dates.  Count them and place in piles to add to the paper wraps needed to exchange at a bank.  Practice fine motor skills by stacking coins in a tower and see how many can be added before a tumble of coins.  If a jar of pennies are presented perhaps they can carefully observe each one to see if there may be a “wheat penny” in the mix.

Can the child find a penny from the year each family member was born?  Older children can research an event that occurred in history during each year for which they have a penny. Find out why some years are more numerous than other years.  Maybe even stay busy shining pennies for finger manipulation and exercise.

Penny  tossing games can be easily arranged.  NOT penny throwing but, penny tossing…there IS a difference. Gather various sized clean and empty containers recycled from kitchen use.  As examples use an empty mayonnaise jar, an egg carton, plastic baby food jar, milk carton cut out from the top spice containers.  Use them to plop in coins from a few steps away from the containers. See what they catch. After a few rounds, children will discover which containers are easier to toss coins into. They can assign points for each jar, giving more points to the bottles they rarely hit and fewer points to the containers that catch the most pennies. They can also make the game more difficult by taking another step away from the containers.

Let’s get even more creative with those pennies. Give each child a couple of handfuls of pennies or other coins. Instead of drawing a picture, children use the coins like mosaic tiles, creating a picture on a flat surface. Place the coins close together to simulate solid shapes. Use different coins to create accents in the picture.  Making an image with the coins and adding a few drawn details for older children can also be just as challenging and innovative.  If an image is worthy of keeping don’t glue the pennies to paper but, simply take a photo and print it out and frame!

Do you like what I created as an example?

Coin art idea- Club Creative Studio

Here is a nice summer day activity or in the winter you can do this indoors:  have your children take off their shoes and socks and set a penny on each big toenail. Children then try walking, keeping the coins from slipping off their toes. If that becomes easy, they can try setting pennies between each of their toes and walk around the room while squeezing their toes together.

With a couple handfuls of pennies and other coins, children can try a sorting game, play a toss game, make a picture, or and attempt a balancing challenge. Children can occupy themselves for a few minutes or an hour with the above activities.  But, I can’t estimate how long it might take for an adult to do the same activities!

There is no end to the creative things that one can do for little or no money.  That is the purpose of the TWO CENT TUESDAY posts to give you ideas and encourage you to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY like me!
Have fun and good luck as you continue to save more coins… for more fun activities.

13 Responses to “TWO CENT TUESDAY- Got Coins?”

  1. Paula Lee Bright March 29, 2011 at 8:10 PM #

    A really good one is to use different sized jars so that the kids can see the pennies you put in. Put in a handful, a couple, whatever amount is appropriate for your kids. The person who makes the closest guess (estimate) for each jar gets points, or a treat, tiny prize, whatever. Maybe some pennies!

    Your kids’ teachers will love you for this one. Estimation is an important skill, and it’s hard to give kids enough practice during the school day!

  2. clubcreativestudio March 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM #

    Roy, That’s what I’m talking about…fun and function have met here! Thanks for your comment to add to the post with the continued theme of the many value of coins. I think that your “pun” is more than that- it sounds like another great quote that you can post to the social media sites. You’ll see it used on twitter from me, I am sure. It is true that you can do so much with coins in a creative and practical manner. I hope that many coin collections end up helping someone else as well, I too grew up with the charity boxes and it was always important and satisfying to save up to give up on many different levels.

  3. clubcreativestudio March 29, 2011 at 4:53 PM #

    Thanks for the read. Also, yes, I did notice the “blogging honor” you bestowed on me recently! Thank you, I need to make progress to pass it along in nomination. It is great to notice the ideas others share as useful contributions.

  4. Hajra March 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM #

    Yes, all good! The benefits are great…I passed it on to my sister who had two little kids and she was scared she would run out of ideas to keep them busy!

    Hey did you check out the versatile blogger award I gave you?

  5. Roy A. Ackerman March 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM #

    Veronica these are great ideas.
    We were much more functional. From the time the kids were two, we would sit (two, then three, then four, then five… and then three and two again- the problem with a ten year gap between #4 and #5) and separate and count all the change in our charity box (all the coins from my pocket each night filled it daily) on Sundays.
    They learned the different coins, to count (to 50, anyway) and to choose a cause to which to donate. they also learned how to multiply by two, since the value of the coins was doubled for the charity donation. All the counted coins were submitted to the charity of their choice.
    I believe this made my children aware that others needed help, not everything was for them, and that charity not only starts with them- it counts on them. (Come on, you knew there would be a pun somewhere!)

  6. clubcreativestudio March 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM #

    Always a pleasure to suggest or spark any useful information or activity. These are great rainy day projects, or table top activities, floor playtime ideas and just over-all good cheap things to keep in the back of your mind for distracting your child when they might need it the most. It gives them focus and you may never know how long it could actually involve them. Good luck and have fun appreciating the simple tasks.

  7. clubcreativestudio March 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM #

    All happy memories, I hope. The best thing is that there are hidden benifits to doing these simple activities. Gaining hand-eye coordinations, sharpening sorting and reasoning skills, and manipulating small and large motor skills are just the start of including hidden growth in such a simple activity.

  8. clubcreativestudio March 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM #

    Glad to help with suggestions, Diana. I am all for “cheap entertainment”. Whenever I was a substitute teacher, those types of ideas were always said to come from “your bag of tricks”. Have fun when you use them.

  9. Diana March 29, 2011 at 7:44 AM #

    Thanks for all these ideas. I often babysit my nieces who range from range from 2-6 years old and these creative ideas will definitely keep them entertained. I can already spot a few activities that they will enjoy!

  10. Hajra March 29, 2011 at 6:14 AM #

    As a kid, my sisters and I loved doing the coin on toenail walk! Some very interesting activities mentioned here. Reminded me of the good ol’ days!

  11. Dani Nir-McGrath March 29, 2011 at 5:04 AM #

    Veronica, I love these ideas! My oldest is just beginning to appreciate coins, so I think he’d really enjoy some of these. His preschool collects money for the poor, so he’s already used to collecting coins to bring in his backpack. Thank you for the great ideas!



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