10 Fun Things To Do With Pennies
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.)
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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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