# The magical family penny walk

A penny walk is one of my favorite memories with my young children. Let a penny decide where you go for a magical evening.
Modified: August 19, 2014 at 5:44 am •  Published: August 21, 2014

When my children were small, someone told me about a penny walk. I decided to give it a try. It was some of the most fun we had as a family. The best part—it only cost us a penny.

On these evenings when the temperatures are dropping and the kids are bored, here's a simple idea that will reap you lots of benefits—a penny walk.

So easy. Find a shiny penny, gather the family, and go.

Here's how:

Gather the clan. Spontaneously call the family together, telling them to dress comfortably and get their shoes on. Put some enthusiasm in it.

Leave the electronics behind. No cell phones (except one for an adult for emergency), no MP3 players, no ear buds. This is talk time.

Pull out the penny. Find a shiny new penny, and show it to everyone. Tell them you are going to go on a magical adventure with that special coin.

Choose an order. Start with youngest and go to oldest or vice versa. Go by alphabetical order. It doesn't matter, as long as everyone gets a turn.

Decide which is which. Heads is left, tails is right, and a spin is straight ahead—or any way you choose. You can set the rule before you go and stick with it or let the "flipper" decide before they toss the coin.

Set your finish line. Wherever you go, you have to get back home, so decide on how that will happen. Either set a time limit, a distance limit, or a certain number of flips of the coin (everyone gets 2, for instance.)

Go. Walk out the front door and to the end of the walk. Now have the first person flip the coin. Go the direction indicated.

Discuss. Before you make the turn, talk about what you might see on the way and see who's right. Like, "I think we'll see 1 dog or 2 cats or a rosebush or a man with a cane. If your kids are imaginative, maybe they will see dragons, knights, race cars or spaceships.

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