This week’s Smart Summer Challenge is Government Week. I did coin activities with my 3 year old to help him learn the names of the coins. Ever since Grandma bought him his own little coin bank, he is so into counting them, using them on his homemade number boards, and is so excited when we give him more to put in his bank!
As a fun little science experiment, we cleaned coins. All you need is baking soda and distilled white vinegar. To make it more age-appropriate for my son, I let him soak his coins first and stir them around. Then, he took a couple out at a time and rubbed the salt/vinegar mixture on each coin to clean them. Hop on over to Quirky Momma to see how her older kids learned about why their dishrags turned green.
After our coins were clean and shiny, we did coin rubbings. I placed paper over a coin and then rubbed it with the side of the pencil tip. My son thought it was so neat to see the coins magically appear! As an easier version for my 3 year old, I let him do the coin rubbings with the back end of a crayon (the flat part). I also helped him by putting my hand over his to guide him in the right spot. He really enjoyed this and wanted to do it again the next day!
My little guy LOVES to count and match so I knew this next activity would be perfect for him. I found these free coin printables over at SparkleBox. It shows what coins you need to make 1 cent all the way up to 20 cents. This really helped him to learn and remember the names of each coin.