Sweet Pea is 39 months old.
- 10 Muffin tin liners, coffee filters or paper circles.
- 2 Crayons.
- 10 Pennies.
- Let your tot color half of the circles one color while you color the remaining ones a different color.
- Place all of the circles on the floor.
- Stand up straight and drop one penny on the floor. Aim for one of your color circles.
- Next, help your tot stand up straight and try to drop a penny on one of his or her color circles.
- Continue taking turns until you are out of pennies.
- Help your tot count how many pennies are in his or her color circles and how many are in your circles.
- The person whose circles contain the most pennies wins the round.
Observations: We played this game for a _long_ time before Sweet Pea wanted to do something else. It was a huge hit and she was squealing with delight every time one of us got a penny in a circle.
The game was surprisingly difficult. There was a lot of luck involved and we didn’t get as many pennies in the circles as I expected. Also, I think Sweet Pea had an advantage because she was lower to the ground. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Notes from the Trenches: The pennies were bouncing and rolling all over the place until I put a rug under our muffin tin liners. You will either want to play this on carpet or use a rug or towel under the circles.
I had a terrible time explaining how to “stand up straight” to Sweet Pea. She would start upright, but looked like Quasimodo by the time she actually dropped the penny.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)