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Penny Drop Game

Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I was inspired by this penny drop game at Tired, Need Sleep.


  • 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)


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