Anyway, here is a short little activity that even I can get up enough energy/confidence to do with the kids (this time it was just Sissy):
Sissy recently discovered her piggy bank. Igor and I regularly put our small change (1, 2, and 5 cent pieces) in this bank. Since she and the boys have figured out how to open it, we are currently finding these pieces all over the house...but that's another story.
For this simple project, I simply used a penny as the center of the flower and drew with colored pencil the other details. I let Sissy make this drawing of flowers on grass (I'm a big believer in actually letting kids make their own art; not directing their every move, so the end result is what I think would look best).
She's very pleased and so am I. Short, sweet, successful:)
There are lots of other ways to use the pennies in pictures: to compose whole items (grass, waves, tree tops, etc.) or as part of a whole (in a house, space ship, etc.) I'm sure your creativity will give you lots of fun ideas.