If you don’t know it yet, I LOVE to celebrate holidays including the weird and mostly unknown ones! And if I can tie in some teaching for my little Boo, all the better! 🙂 May 23 is National Penny Day. Here are some ideas that you can use to celebrate this “cent”sational day! (SO cheezy I just had to throw it in!)
- make golden penny pancakes for breakfast (yummy!)
- visit a candy store and indulge in your favorite penny candy
- for your scientific child try some penny science experiments: how many drops of water fit on a penny, will it float or sink?, and magnetic pennies.
- toss a penny in a wishing well or fountain while making a wish
- count them
- read books such as Henny Penny, Angelina’s Lucky Penny, or my favorite- Penny: the Forgotten Coin.
- see how many you can stack in a penny tower
- learn some penny verses such as :
and worth one cent
- give someone a penny for their thoughts
- take the pennies from your change jar, count them, roll them, and go do something fun with the money.
- practice fine motor skills by putting pennies in various slots/ containers such as piggie banks, shoe boxes with cut out slits, and toilet paper rolls.
- purposely place “heads up” pennies in various locations for strangers to find so that others can have good luck!
- make a penny necklace
- do crayon rubbings of both sides of the penny
- talk about the importance and the historical significance of the penny
- penny worksheets from homeschooling.about.com
- put pennies in empty plastic easter eggs and shake ’em while you dance!
- visit the HIP Pocket Change Website (History In your Pocket) Its a great resource from the US mint- with the history of the penny, to how coins are made, a scout corner with ideas to earn merit badges with coins, as well as some cartoons and games… A few of my favorite are the Coin Memory Game, an online wishing well, and a lot of different downloads of coins to print and color!
Another reason you should celebrate this holiday that I just learned while typing this post- This year is not only the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, but the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent that first appeared in 1909!!! So celebrate Penny Day and part of US history!
Happy Teaching and may the learning and FUN never end!!!
Many thanks to eHOW, Saving Advice.com, PBS Kids, LessonPlansPage.com, All Recipes.com, HIP Pocket Change and Science Museum.org for their great ideas.