A penny pitching game is a fun way to practice colors, numbers, ABCs, and shapes. Plus it’s just terrifically fun throwing coins all over the place.
1. Cover a low table with paper and draw circles all over it. You can make the circles different sizes if you want to practice big, medium and small.
2. Color all the circles. Get the children to you help you with this, because it’s almost as much fun as the game itself, and it’s a good time to gossip…er, I mean, catch up with each other.
3. Dig around in your pockets and around the house for loose change. (Did you check under the sofa?)
4. Toss the coins – we used Japanese 1 yen coins – and try to land on a circle. Start with 3 tries per person.
a) Name the color you landed on.
b) If you have numbers in the circles, name the numbers and the color.
c) If you have numbers in the circles, add the numbers. Or multiply them. Or subtract them. Or put them together to make a 3-digit number.
d) Instead of numbers in the circles, write letters. Capital letters. Lower case letters.
e) With letters, you can think of words that start with each letter.
f) Instead of circles, use another shape. Hearts are lovely. Use a whole bunch of shapes!
g) What else can you do?
Cleaning up, by the way, is another entertaining game. Challenge the children to see who can find the most (look under the sofa again). The winner gets to choose the next activity.
I suggest a good long nap after all that excitement.
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