In the month that we remember our presidents, gather up a bunch of pennies in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Some people think pennies are nuisance pocket change, but kids of all ages will find that these small copper coins provide wonderful diversions.
- Use chalk (outdoors) or masking tape (indoors), to create concentric circles on the ground. Kids stand at a set point outside the largest circle and use a supply of pennies to see how close they come to the bull's-eye.
- Mark one penny with a piece of masking tape and toss it against a wall to become the target. Provide a bunch of pennies and let kids take turns tossing pennies until someone hits the target. The winner collects all the pennies on the floor and tosses the target again.
- Fill a sink or tub (inside) or a small pool (outside) with water, then float assorted plastic and/or tin containers on the water's surface. Players stand several feet away and take turns pitching pennies until each player lands a penny on a floating target.
- To pitch pennies without a wet mess, take turns tossing the coins into a plastic wastebasket (for a quiet activity) or a large metal pot (for a spectacular plinking sound). Put a large towel underneath the target to keep pennies from rolling all over the floor. All players throw from a set point on the ground, the distance determined by the age of the players. Try one foot for every year of age.
- Bury a bunch of pennies throughout a sandbox and let kids dig for real treasure!