On President’s Day, there are a lot of activities you can do with young children. However, coin activities are easy and popular. Check out some preschool coin activities that can be incorporated around President’s Day or any time of the year that you want to introduce money or coins. Introduce each coin to the children and discuss how much it is worth, and which president is on the front.
- Coin Sort – Provide a variety of coins and have children sort the coins by size, color, and shape. Use our Lincoln/Washington sorting printable to have kids sort pennies and quarters to match the face on the coin the president.
- Coin Patterns – Allow children to line up coins in different patterns (ie. penny, penny, dime, penny, penny dime, etc.). A variation is to use the same coin and line them up by heads and tails (ie. heads, tails, heads, tails, etc.)
- Coin Rubbings – Place a piece of white paper over coins, and have children use an unwrapped crayon on its side to create coin rubbings.
- Coin Cleaning – In a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of salt to 1/4 cup of vinegar, and stir well. Place old dirty coins into the bowl. Wait for 20 seconds and then take the coins out and rinse them in water and dry them with your paper towels. They should be now be shiny and clean!
- Coin Tower – Give children a handful of coins and a die. Roll the die and stack that number of coins. Keep rolling the die and stacking the corresponding number of coins. See how high they can make their coin tower before it falls.
- Guess the Coin – Talk about the characteristics of each coin (size, color, rim – smooth or rigid, etc.). Place a coin in the hands of a child who has his eyes closed or blindfold on. Let the child guess what coin it is by the feel.