Plastic Coin Activity

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, it is easy to find the plastic coins needed for this Plastic Coin Activity and it’s variations. I found them at the dollar store, but they can always be found at any party section or party store. These activities are an excellent way to strengthen fine motor and number recognition (early math) skills AND it includes a sensory component which has a fantastic calming effect for little ones.

SAFETY DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS SUPERVISE KIDS AT PLAY

Here are a few variations of the same activity.

Activity number 1 requires…

  • a large bowl,
  • a small tupperware or dish to collect the coins in (remember to use plastic so there is less worry about breakage),
  • some sand,
  • a small paint brush,
  • plastic coins.

Coin Activity

The goal of this activity is to “dig” out the coins with the paint brush, then transferring them into a collection bowl. Place as many coins as you wish into the sand and “bury” them.

Coin Activity

Have the child “dig” out the coins by using the paintbrush.

Coin Activity

Once the child has retrieved the coin, they can place it into the collection bowl and go “dig” out another until all of the coins have been recovered!

Coin Activity

Don’t worry if the child decides to use their fingers instead of the paintbrush. Either method is a great Feng Shui experience that has the ability to sooth and focus the mind, relieve stress and enhance a creative flow.

Activity number 2 requires…

  •  a large bowl,
  • a small tupperware or dish to collect the coins in (remember to use plastic so there is less worry about breakage),
  • some sand,
  • a small paint brush and some plastic coins,
  • AND a dice.

Coin Activity

The goal of this activity is to dig out the exact number that you rolled on the dice. Therefore, if you roll a 2, you dig out 2 coins and place them into the collection bowl.

This adds an early math skills component to the activity. The child must first identify the number they have rolled before digging them out, therefore working on number recognition and counting, as well as sequencing. Sequencing means that the child understands the steps, first, I roll the dice, then, I move the manipulable, in this case the coin, and finally, I roll again!

Activity number 3 requires…

  • a piggy bank OR a tupperware container with a slit cut into the lid,
  • plastic coins,
  • a dice (optional).

Coin Activity

The goal of this activity is to simply place the coins into the piggy bank, one by one, with or without rolling the dice. A younger child may simply enjoy the process of transferring the coins into the piggy bank, whereas, an older child might want the extra step.

Coin Activity

This activity is a marvelous way to strengthen fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are required to be able to do things such as hold a fork, cut with scissors and write, so, the more chances to practice these skills, the better! Eye-hand coordination (also known as visual motor skills) also comes into play with this activity. This simply means that the child has to use coordinated control of the eye and hand movement in order to successfully put the coin into the piggy bank slot.

A total of 7 inexpensive materials that give a child an exceptional opportunity to grow their skill base!

So let’s recap the skills that are being worked on in these 3 activities…

  • fine motor skills
  • eye-hand coordination
    • visual motor skills
  • early math skills
    • sequencing
    • number recognition
    • counting skills
  • sensory development

Did I miss any?

Until my next post,

 

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