Easy Fitness Activities for Kids

Ten-Penny Pickup

Kids will develop dexterity and balance with ten-penny pickup.
Kids will develop dexterity and balance with ten-penny pickup.
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Ten-penny pickup is an easy fitness activity for kids that teaches them to use their toes in a whole new way. Once you toss these pennies, the race is on!

What You'll Need:

  • 10 pennies
  • Small box or bowl
  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Stopwatch or clock

How to Play Ten-Penny Pickup:Step 1: Hold 10 pennies in your hand, and softly scatter them just a few feet in front of you. See how fast you can gather the pennies and drop them in the box or bowl. Write down your time.

Step 2: Now repeat the process. But this time, gather them with your toes before dropping them in the bowl or box. How long did that take?

Step 3: Want a few more choices? Try picking up the pennies with only your right hand. Now, only your left hand.

Step 4: Don't forget to wash your hands after you have finished playing. Coins are valuable, but they are not very clean!

For extra fun, invite a friend to play with you, and see who's the penny pickup champion.

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