How about a little
Fun with Money!
My daughters thought I was pretty magical when I broke out my money tricks. After I showed them, they must have played for a couple hours trying to do it on their own and preparing to show dad when he got home. They wanted to have the secrets perfected!
This takes no preparation except maybe digging pennies out of the couch.
#1 Magical Linking.
Goal: To get the paper clips to stick together magically.
- A dollar bill
- 2 Paper Clips
Fold the dollar and place clips as shown. Grab the ends (#4) and pull quickly(#5)…that’s what is being shown.
#2 Penny Moving.
This one is a great time waster! I am not showing you the pictures yet so you can try it first.
Goal: Only move 3 pennies to change the direction of the triangle.
- 10 Pennies
Lay the pennies out as shown in the first picture. Wait…don’t scroll too fast or you’ll see the answer. Try and move only three pennies to change the direction of the triangle.
Okay, you probably figured this out quickly, but I had to cheat to figure it out!
#3 Money Grabbing.
Goal: Put heels and bum against a wall and try to pick up the dollar without bending knees or falling over!
- A dollar
- A wall
Place a bum and heels on the wall. Place a dollar on the floor about a foot out from the kid. Have kids try and reach for the dollar with out falling.
Seriously…this one cracked us up. My daughter was determined to get the dollar. She grabbed the wainscoting to see if that would help her. It didn’t. We ended up giving her the dollar anyway for her valiant effort! I want to do this at our next family reunion and ‘up the ante’ and have the adults do it.
#4 Dollar Folding!
Goal: To get a dollar to turn upside down without turning it over.
- A dollar
Fold, fold, fold, fold and then unfold and it’s upside down.
Do you have any cool tricks with money?
It’s nice to pull some of these out when we are at the grocery store, shopping or visiting friends. They require no prep and keep the troops entertained!