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10 Fun Things To Do With Pennies

Updated on February 23, 2014

Pennies, pennies, pennies!!

The saying goes "a penny saved is a penny earned", but just what are you saving them for? The earning power of pennies is way down. Here are 10 fun things you can do with pennies other than spend them...

Make Perfect Circles.

Hold a penny down tightly against a piece of paper, and trace around it with a pen or pencil. It's a quick and easy way to make a perfect circle when you're drawing.

Seek Buried Treasure.

Hide pennies in your children's sandbox, and then send them out to dig for 'buried treasure'! You can put them inside a small plastic container, such as a washed out cream cheese or yogurt container. Or, you can just scatter the pennies loose in the sandbox. If your kids don't find them all the first day, don't worry; it'll just save some fun for another time!

Squish Them Into Souvenirs.

Save your shiniest pennies for the souvenir "penny pressing" machines. You'll find these machines at theme parks, nature and historical attractions, and similar tourist places. For 51 cents, the machine will stretch and imprint your penny with a picture and logo of where you're visiting. (It keeps the other 50 cents as the charge for transforming your penny.) These collectibles will look best when made with a clean shiny penny.

Date Scramble Game.

This game is for a group pf players. It could be played at a children's party, or with a group of grown-ups! Get a big handful of pennies, (or a bowlful if it's a really large group), and pour a pile of pennies on the floor. Have the players form a circle around the pile. When the leader/referee calls "Go!", everyone dashes to the pile and starts scrambling to find the oldest penny they can. When the leader/referee calls "Time up!", whoever has the oldest penny is the winner. (You can adjust the time limit based on the age of the group playing.)

Penny Tower.

Compete to see you can stack the most pennies. Lay as many pennies as you can one on top of another, to build the tallest penny tower. Whoever's tower is the tallest before it falls over is the winner.

Feed The Piggy.

Combine the traditional with the high-tech. Start a "pennies-only" piggy bank at home. When it's full, take it to a bank that has an automated coin-counter. Watch the total climb up as your pennies spin through the machine. Think of something special to spend your penny-piggy money on.

History Lesson Report.

Pick a random penny and read the date printed on it. Consult a history book, (or an Internet search engine), for something interesting that happened that year and read about it. Pick a new penny every day, and you'll learn all sorts of interesting things.

Make Math More Fun.

Spice up your math lessons by using pennies to illustrate problem sets. Pennies are especially helpful for visualizing the "greater-than/less-than" concept.

Practice Your Aim.

Put a plastic cup or bowl on the floor and see how far back you can stand while still tossing the pennies in it consistently. Use a container with a narrow top opening to make it more challenging, or a wide-mouthed bowl for those just starting to learn to toss.

Spread Some Luck.

When you find a "Lucky Penny" on the ground, do you ever wonder where it came from? Go for a walk and drop pennies along the way. You'll spread good luck and brighten the day of whoever finds them!

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What do you do with your pennies??

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      randomthings lm 

      4 years ago


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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I did the penny squishy thing before. Makes a great souvenir.

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      5 years ago

      I had a penny that was squished into a souvenir!!!!! :) I think I still have it somewhere!!!

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      5 years ago

      They are just sitting in an old piggybank. These are good ideas.

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      Nona Weeks 

      5 years ago from Florissant, CO

      I have a penny jug that I am just filling up. It will be a portion of my sons savings when he gets older. He is only 19 months now, so we have time.

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      5 years ago

      I saw recently (on Pinterest probably) where someone had made a charm bracelet out of a bunch of squished souvenir pennies... made me wish I'd saved on the ones from my "misspent" childhood!

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      5 years ago

      I like to put them between my fingers and snap them. Taking target practice at knocking off plastic bottles.

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      5 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens! I have one to add for children and any adults who feel insecure when out : Keep a few pennies in your pocket. If someone approaches in a threatening way, you can throw the pennies towards their face as a distraction. Then run away!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love pennies. I throw pennies into our local wishing well so I can have a wish. I sort them out to find special ones. I put a penny in my shoe so I always have traveling money (lol kind of tiny money but it is money) and I give them to my grandchildren.

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      6 years ago

      Cool ideas, great lens!

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      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      It goes to my son's piggy.

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      6 years ago

      I've squished them on train tracks before, and I also collect the stamped pennies from the tourist machines.

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      i make pendants using old/foreign coins. :)

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this - I think I am going to save all my pennies for something in particular like a new dress.

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      6 years ago

      We have a big tin that they all go in and at Christmas it is taken to an automated counter, some goes to charity and the rest is spent on some goodies for Christmas

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm always picking them up. I never thought about dropping them for someone else to find. Now that would be fun too. :)

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      6 years ago

      Pay tithes, taxes, and save them. Great lens. God bless!

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      6 years ago

      A pre-1984 penny has enough copper content to retard growth of algae in birdbaths and fishtanks, so toss a few in!

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      6 years ago

      These are lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      My kids will have so much fun searching for buried treasure in their sandbox. What a great idea!

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      Showpup LM 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens. I love penny games. Kids get so excited. They are also useful in some science experiments for kids.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Some great ideas here! I'd love try the last one and then sit unobserved and watch the action. I saw a video of someone who had stuck $1. on the branches of a bare tree with a sign to take one. They took a video of how people reacted. Some didn't seem to even notice while others took 2 or more. One person took one and then came back for one more. :) Angel blessed.

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great ideas for kids! Maybe kids could even have a penny party where everyone brings their own pennies.

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      6 years ago

      What a lot of ideas of things to do with pennies!

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic idea for a lens, wish I had thought of it

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      6 years ago

      I also have a lens about pennies 'Every penny counts"

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      6 years ago

      I put my pennies in a jar for a fundraising for a Cancer Lodge next to our hospital.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh what fun! I have a blog about money I find (Found Money in the Street) and found 10 pennies yesterday alone. Love these ideas of what to do with pennies. I also get my grandkids presses pennies when I see a machine.

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      6 years ago

      The graphics you used on this page are FANTASTIC and the penny suggestions were great, as well.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I let mine accumulate in the bottom of my purse until I find some hapless store clerk to unload them on. Fun ideas. I like the idea of looking up facts related to the dates on pennies.

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      Unique ideas for pennies!

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      7 years ago

      I use them whenever paying cash - so they don't weigh down my purse... lol

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      7 years ago

      Fun ideas~ I use to play penny games when I was young during the summer, became quite addictive :)

      Thumbs up!

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      7 years ago

      Fun Lens

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      7 years ago

      I just spend them:) Angel Blessed, once more!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Very clever lens with some really simple ideas that kids will love. Angel blessed.


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