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Penny Drop

Have your child sit with his back to you. Slowly drop one penny at a time into a glass jar. Stop and ask him how many pennies he heard.

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Extending this activity

  • -Write the number sentences that go with the penny drops. For example, 5 + 1 = 6.

    -Read "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?" by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. After each animal, make several sounds like the animal and have the child count the number of sounds. For example, for the lion you can say ""roar, roar, roar"" and have the child tell you the lion roared three times.

Adjust for an older child

Add more than one penny to the jar. For example, add five pennies to the jar, then add three more.

Adjust for a younger child

Allow the child to see you add the pennies to the jar.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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