Penny Drop Game
Make an easy game with your extra change ... and extra buckets.
- Pennies: If you don't have any in your wallet, check under the sofa cushions.
- Quarters: If you can spare a few from your parking-meter stash.
- Bucket: Forget mopping the floor, we've got a better use for your water pail.
- Water: Don't leave the bucket of water unattended around young children. Even a few inches of water can be a drowning hazard.
- Dixie cups
- Food coloring
- Fill a bucket with water.
- Add food coloring to the water to turn it murky, thus heightening the difficulty of the game. You can even color the water in honor of a holiday: red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day, etc.
- Give your child a Dixie cup full of pennies.
- Place a quarter at the bottom center of the bucket. The water will distort the image, so the quarter will appear to be in a different spot than where it actually is. This is what makes the game challenging.
- Have your child toss pennies into the bucket in an attempt to cover up the quarter.
- If he wants to, he can make a wish with each penny he tosses into the bucket (just be warned that he might expect a Ferrari at the end of the game).
- Once your child has obscured the quarter under a pile of pennies, he wins!
- Give him the quarter (big spender) or a bunch of pennies as a reward.
- Siblings or groups of kids can play this game together. Have them take turns tossing in one penny each. The kid who tosses the penny that ultimately covers up the quarter entirely, wins!
- Warning: This game is not appropriate for kids under 3.