Preschool Activities and Printables

Penny Game for Preschoolers


Here’s a good game for a rainy day.  Two or more kids can play it, and it’s easily assembled from stuff you might have around the house!


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You’ll need

  • a cup of water
  • a napkin, paper towel, or tissue
  • a rubberband
  • a pencil
  • a coin


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Assemble the game by filling the cup to about ¼” from the top.  Stretch a single ply napkin over the top and stretch a rubber band around it, securing it snugly.  It should be tight, like a drum.  Place the penny or other coin on the top.


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Game play
Players take turns poking a hole in the napkin.  The objective is to not let the penny fall into the cup!


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The more turns that pass, the weaker the napkin will become, and your moves will have to become more and more strategic.  The game ends when the penny falls, but it’s easy peasy to start a round two!


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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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