Games: Heads Up
Finally, an entertaining use for those useless pennies.
- A coin:A quarter, penny, a euro (aren't you worldly!)
- Flipper:Mom, dad, grandpa, grandma
- Guesser:Your child
- Pen and paper:Any scrap of paper like an old receipt will work perfectly.
- Get a coin.
- Tell your child that you are going to flip the coin 10 times.
- Ask him to guess how many times the coin will land on heads and how many times it'll come up tails, i.e., eight heads, two tails or three heads, seven tails, etc.
- Write down his predictions if you have a pen handy.
- Flip the coin 10 times.
- Write heads and tails on the piece of paper you used in Step 4 and record the results in each column.
- Give your child a prize—like a trip to get ice cream—if he gets it right.
- A little nugget of information: Every time you flip a coin, it has a 50/50 chance of landing on heads or tails. But that doesn't mean that you'll end up with five heads and five tails. It's akin to having a baby. Every time you get pregnant, you have a 50 percent chance of having a boy or a girl. But just because the odds are equal doesn't mean your son will get a sister next time. Just ask your buddy with the five boys when you see him at the playground.