Play Three-Penny Hockey

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Play Three-Penny Hockey
Ages school-age

With a friend, three pennies, and a good flick shot, you can instantly transform your kitchen table into a hockey rink. Zamboni optional.

What you'll need

  • 3 pennies
  • Pinky fingers (goalposts)
  • Index finger (goalie)

How to play

  1. Play Three-Penny Hockey Step 1

    The Face-off   Arrange 3 pennies in a triangle along the edge of a table while your opponent creates a goal and goalie with his fingers at the other end, as shown. To start the game, flick the back penny to send all 3 pennies forward. Then begin moving the pucks down ice.

  2. Play Three-Penny Hockey Step 2

    Advancing the pucks  Using your fingertip, move the pucks down ice by flicking the rear penny between the other 2 (see above). If you mess up — your penny stops short or goes off the table, for instance — your opponent takes possession of the pennies for a new face-off.

  3. He shoots, he scores! (He hopes)  When you're close to the goal, take a shot. Flick the rear penny between the other 2 and past the goalie for a goal. After a score or a save, your opponent takes over with a face-off. For an added challenge, put one of the pennies head-side up and make it the only one you can shoot with.

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