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Making Penny Pictures for Kids and Other Penny Crafts

Updated on September 18, 2014
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Nightcat is a Jane of all trades and likes to pass on tips she’s found useful around the home.

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.

Penny Pictures

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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

Liked the idea? Played a game like this as a child? Leave all comments, thoughts and questions here, please.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @LluviaDeArte: My pleasure, LluviaDeArte! I'm so happy to see dad's game will make other children happy as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, hugs! :)

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      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      Well, I will have to use this wonderful penny picture game here with my little 6 year old, in our place it will be peso pictures. Your dad would think what if he knew, his game went and reached all the way to Chichen itza where my little one will play it! Fun read, thank you for writing it


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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks so much, scarlettohairy! We did penny crafts too and I remember them being a lot of fun the craft you did sounds amazing. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very cute crafts with pennies! As a kid we made plaques of the state of Illinois with a penny at the state capital spot (Land of Lincoln, don't ya know?). Fun stuff!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks so very much, Ladymermaid! Thanks for visiting! Hugs! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I like the lucky penny craft. I think that is absolutely wonderful.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I do too Sylvestermouse! Every time the Gov't grumbles about phasing them out I wonder if it wil lead to tons of jewelry. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Making crafts with pennies is a wonderful suggestion! of course, I love the necklaces :)