Friday, March 8, 2013

Lucky Bank: St. Patrick's Day Games for Kids

I picked up these green St. Patrick's Day coins on clearance a few years ago, and each year the boys LOVE playing with them. But you could also use any kind of coins--even pennies (if your kids are old enough not to eat them, that is!)--and do many different kinds of activities anytime of the year!

Prep Work:
  • Use any kind of canister you have on hand: oatmeal, yogurt, formula, etc. Mine is a peanut canister. Take off the label.

  • Cut a slit in the lid with a knife, then cut it into a hole with a pair of scissors:

  • Get a white piece of paper and measure how tall and long it needs to be to fit around your canister. Cut it, then write whatever you want on the front. I wrote "Lucky Bank" for St. Patrick's Day.

Here are several ways you can play!

  • COIN HUNT! Lay all the coins out on the floor and any surfaces your child can see. Then let them search for the coins and gather them up in their bank. After they've got them all, you can have them practice counting them!
  • COIN TRAIL! Make a trail of the coins from one place in your house to another. At the end of the trail you can have a surprise, or just have them sit down and count their coins!
  • BEHAVIOR BANK! Use this bank as an incentive during the month of March to behave. Anytime you see them doing something good, put a coin into their bank. On St. Patrick's Day, have them pull out their coins and they can "buy" a special prize from you.
  • STORE! Just hand them the coins and the bank and let them play "store." (We did this last year, (St. Patrick's Day Store Post) and this year the boys have loved playing it again!)
  • COIN COUNTING! Have them practice counting the coins as they place them into their bank.

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