Need a game to entertain your toddler, and quickly? This one requires only common household items but is sure to captivate. I can’t tell you how many times Veronika asked to play when I trotted it out on a weekend morning.
Fill a glass with a little bit of water then place a paper towel on top and secure with a rubber band. Now place a penny in the center of the paper towel.
I picked up a sharpened pencil and told Veronika we were going to drown the penny. How many pokes would it take? I made the first one to show her…
…but then she grabbed it and never even handed the pencil back! She absolutely adored the challenge. Sometimes the penny would fall in after as few as 4 holes poked.
Her highest count was 14!
I watched her brain mull over the challenge, too; sometimes she was tempted to cheat as her pencil pokes crept up past 10, and she would think about nudging the penny toward a rip in the paper. But then she caught herself and kept poking with the pencil until – inevitably! – the penny falls and drowns. Plink! It makes a wonderful noise each time. Then we would uncover the glass and fish out the penny before putting on a fresh paper towel and starting over.
If your child wants to make it more of a turn-taking game, simply pass the pencil back and forth. The winner (or loser, depending how you look at it!) is the one who gets the penny in the glass.