Activities at Home

Coin Rubbings

Your child will be surprised at being able to “draw” coins that look so much like the real ones!

What You Need:

  • Tape
  • Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters—2 of each
  • Cardboard or heavy paper
  • White paper
  • Pencil

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. Shape a piece of tape into a ring, affix it to the “heads” side of a penny, and then stick the penny down on the cardboard, “tails” side up.
  2. Stick the tails side of the other penny onto the cardboard in the same way, heads side up.
  3. Repeat the process for each of the nickels, dimes, and quarters. Be sure to space out the coins on the cardboard and to tape opposite sides of each coin.
  4. Put the white paper over one of the coins. As you hold the paper in place, have your child rub the side of the pencil very hard on the paper at that spot. (Instantly, the coin will “appear.”)
  5. Move the white paper over the other coin of the same denomination and hold it in place while your child does a rubbing of it.
  6. Continue the process until there is a total of 8 rubbings—one for each of the heads and tails sides of each coin.
  7. Remove the coins from the cardboard. Tell the child to arrange them on top of their matching rubbings.

More to Do:

Point out that the tails sides of the coins have many words on them. Some of the words tell about the value of the coins. Show your child the words on each coin:

On the penny–ONE CENT
On the nickel–FIVE CENTS
On the dime–ONE DIME
On the quarter–QUARTER DOLLAR (Note: State quarters no longer include the words "QUARTER DOLLAR.")