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Coin rubbings for President’s Day is a great activity for kids. It lets you explore Presidential history, Math, and state geography and history in a fun colorfully creative manner that kids love.
My kids love coloring and crafts so I thought it would be fun to do a color rubbing activity using coins in honor of President’s Day. But first, I tried to add some educational elements to our artsy fun.
Educational Elements of Coin Rubbing:
Step 1: Explore the Coins–Name all the presidents that you see.
First, I had my girls empty out their piggy banks. and we laid all of their money out on the table. We tried to name as many presidents as we could.
Step 2: Try to do some counting or math problems using the coins.
I’ll be honest–this part was not as big of a hit as I had anticipated. My older daughter started complaining that it felt like homework and I had promised her a Day of Fun. So we moved on to Step 3.
Step 3: Explore the back of the coins to learn more about the states.
We switched to exploring all of the different designs on the back of the quarters, and I explained what they all meant. Some of our favorite designs were: a bear for Alaska, bison for Kansas, two different designs for Maryland, and <drum roll please>…The Georgia Peach! (My girls were super excited about that since we live in Georgia).
Then it was time to get crafty!
How to Create Colorful Coin Rubbings for President’s Day
- Quarters and dimes
- Paper (thinner bond paper is better)
- Optional: if you have tracing paper on hand, try that too.
Steps to Create Your Coin Rubbing:
Put the paper on top of your coin and rub until its image appears.
Try out different patterns by sticking multiple coins under the paper at a time. You can also use different colors or add more coins underneath, move the paper slightly and create an overlap of the rubbed image.
When we first began, I was disappointed that the images were not coming through very clearly. But then as we experimented more, we saw some improvement. I think it depends on the crayon color and how hard you rub.
Biggest lesson learned—Don’t worry about making a perfect image transfer. Just have fun with it and see what happens.
We ended up creating more abstract pieces of art. But some ideas we ran out of time to try are: gum ball machines, rainbows, flowers, and balloons.
My older daughter really enjoyed this activity.
Here are some tips that she wanted to share with other kids.
And for more advanced coloring creations,here’s tip #2:
Cheers to a colorful President’s Day!
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!