Every penny counts in the Penny Graph Game! Learn more about coins in circulation with this easy indoor game for kids. By taking a sampling of when coins were minted and graphing the results, kids can find out when most pennies in circulation were minted. Turn this activity into a game by comparing the results when two friends each have 100 pennies and make their own graphs.
What You'll Need:
- 100 pennies
- Poster board
- Craft glue (optional)
Step 1: Sort pennies into piles according to the years they were minted.
Step 2: Draw a bar graph on poster board, starting with the first year of minted pennies and going through the most recent.
Step 3: Chart how many pennies were minted during each of those years. If you don't want to draw a bar graph, you can glue the pennies directly onto poster board to create a graph. (Just don't forget to remove the pennies from the board and clean them after a few days.)
Step 4: Remember to wash your hands after counting and sorting all the pennies, because coins and bills are very dirty. Think of all the hands they've passed through and the places they've been!
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