Penny Toss

Penny TossNeed a fun way to get your clients to produce a lot of responses?  Then give this game a shot.  Besides being a good motivator, it is also:

  • adaptable to any goal
  • fun for big and little kids
  • cheap
  • portable

What you’ll need:

  • pennies (or plastic chips or beans) – enough for each player to have 5-10
  • egg carton or ice cube tray with a number (1-3) written in the bottom of each “cup”

How to play:

The students earn pennies for correct answers or sound productions.  Once each student has had approximately 5-10 chances to earn pennies, it’s tossing time!

Set the carton on the floor against a wall and put down something to mark where the players stand.  Depending on the age of the players, have them stand anywhere from one-four feet away and take turns tossing their pennies into the carton.  A penny only counts if it stays in the carton!  After each player, add up the points earned and collect your pennies.  I can usually fit two to three tossing rounds into a session, depending on the group size and the goals we are addressing.  Reward the winner (with praise or an object) and then start again!

Becky Wanca

22 Responses to “Penny Toss”

  1. Lettie Smith May 11, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    This a cute, easy idea! Thanks!

  2. Stacy May 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for new ways to keep my kids motivated.

  3. Darine Fares May 20, 2010 at 12:08 am #

    I love it! Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas Becky!

  4. Elizabeth May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    This was a big hit! We used the bingo chips that are lined in metal and used a magnetic wand to clean up, which was nice. Thanks :)

  5. BeckyWanca May 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Great idea!

  6. BeckyWanca May 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m glad you like it! My students from Pre-K through 8th grade have fun with it. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement too.

  7. Marrissa June 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    Cute! I think my kiddies will like this change of pace. Thanks

  8. Sharon August 30, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Great idea!!! I work with preschoolers and this activity will be very helpful in keeping their attention. Happy I found your website.

  9. hulwa bariha September 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Great idea

  10. Melissa September 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I saw this idea last week on the website so I implemented it today for the first time! The kids just love it and it can be used for ANY skill you are addressing! So simple yet so fun! Thanks!

  11. Denise M NORTH DADE January 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Great going to try it.

  12. Jeanan January 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Great activity! Thank you!

  13. Krystal Richard February 24, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Thanks for the idea. I love that your ideas are inexpensive fun and adaptable. We rarely get to order new supplies these days and I am so happy to have recently found your site! Keep ’em coming!

  14. shamida June 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    hi,its so innovative method,….thanxxxxx

  15. Tresi August 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I’ll be using this AWESOME idea soon. Thx for sharing.

  16. Tess March 29, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    How do you keep track of whose pennies are in which#?

  17. BeckyWanca March 29, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Once a student has tossed all of his/her pennies, I add up the points, write down the score, and then empty the pennies out before the next student tosses.

    Hope that helps!

  18. Barb Brooks May 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    I can vision so many ways to use this- thanks for sharing.

  19. Caitlin September 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi there! This is a really cute idea! I’m a 1st year grad student and have an 8 year old female client with an artic disorder for /s/. I’m in the beginning stages of planning activities for her this semester and want to use this one:)

    Is the idea that I have her say an /s/ card word and after she says a few of them, she gets to toss the penny into the egg carton?

    Sorry I’m so new to this, but eager to learn from all of you!

  20. BeckyWanca September 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    You can have her say a few words to earn each penny. Once she has some pennies saved up, maybe five or so, let her toss them into the egg carton and add up her score. To make it a little more fun, toss the same number of pennies yourself and see who gets the most points. You’d be surprised how many of those pennies bounce right out!

    Just make sure that the tossing part is quick and doesn’t take up too much treatment time. When the tossing is done, have her start earning some more pennies for the next round.

    Best wishes for a great semester!

  21. Susan S. September 26, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I’m going to implement this next week. My kids will love it!

  22. Stephanie C. April 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Cute, simple idea. Could use muffin tins as well. In the winter cotton balls or craft poms might work as “snowballs”.

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