Lincoln’s Birthday Penny Activity for Kids

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Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with a crafty coin activity! Start with a few pennies and discuss the presidential face the coin contains with your child. If your little learner doesn’t know much about Lincoln, read an age-appropriate children’s book about the famed historical figure or do some Internet research with your kiddo. After your child learns more about Lincoln, they’re ready for the art-making.

Materials You’ll Need for the Art Activity

  • Pennies
  • Paper- Choose a thin paper, such as printer paper.
  • Optional- Extra pieces of paper. Use different thicknesses of paper to explore and experiment with the coin rubbing concept.
  • Crayons- Unwrap the crayons to expose the sides.
  • Colored pencils

How-To Project Steps

  1. Place the pennies face-up on a flat surface.
  2. Cover the pennies with the thin printer paper.
  3. Turn the crayon on its side and rub it over the paper. Your child will magically reveal the coin’s image.
  4. Try the same process with colored pencils.
  5. Your child can repeat the activity as many times as they want. Use several pennies to create Lincoln-themed patterns on the paper.
  6. Optional- Try the coin rubbing art activity with other types of paper. Your child can explore the differences between a thin paper and a thicker stock. Ask them why they think the coin’s image appears on some types of paper, but they only can create the outer circle shape on others.


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