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Making Penny Pictures for Kids and Other Penny Crafts
Penny Arts and Crafts
When I was little there were no hand-held video games. You really weren't encouraged to let kids bring toys or books into public places either. So what was a frazzled parent to do? My dad came up with a game.
He would give me a handful of pennies and tell me to make a picture, number, letter, whatever I could think of. Then he would make it harder by taking one or two away. It kept me busy and quiet, but also taught me counting, letters, and simple art.
Today's kids might still like to try this game, along with other penny crafts. And you can easily use anything you have on hand that is small like pebbles or anything else small and round like buttons if you don't have pennies, remembering to watch the littlest ones, of course. Note: All my photos have the rainbow frame. All other photos are credited and linked back to the source.
Give each child some pennies, and some time to make a simple design, letter, number, etc. Ask kids to explain the design, and maybe tell you a story or something about it. For example, if they do a face, encourage them to make up a story about the face with you. Think up the silliest story possible to keep the game fun. Take a few pennies away and let them try again. See how few pennies they need to make a picture they can tell you about.
Sometimes, but not always, you could think up a small reward. For example, using more pennies in a picture might earn your little one some time on the playground. Using less might win them a slightly later bedtime, or one more book from the local library. Rewards don't have to cost anything to be fun.
You can also have them make roman numerals as shown, or just regular numbers. Whatever you think is best. Make sure to collect the pennies when finished, and supervise very young children so they don't eat them.
You Can Use Craft and Play Coins
Make Penny Necklaces
One super crafter on the Just Something site shows you how to make your own Penny Necklaces
One I Loved Doing: Penny Cat
How to Make Lucky Penny Letters
I also liked to make a Christmas Trees...
Lincoln Penny Pendant Craft
Fun craft is shared HERE
Lucky Penny Quilling Craft
Teach your kids, or quill for them and let them glue on the penny. See how HERE
Or Throw a Penny Carnival
One super smart blogger came up with an idea to have kids make crafts, then spend the pennies at a penny carnival. Read all about it HERE
Penny Song: Fun song for kids
Want More Ideas?
- Penny Activities & Kindergarten | eHow
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