This Mom Glued Pennies To Her Kids Shoes and The Reason Is Brilliant

I’ve been seeing things pop up where parents are glueing pennies to the bottom of their kids’ shoes and at first I was confused. 

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Why did this mom glue pennies to her kids shoes?


My first thought was, is it to help keep them close? But nope, the actual reason is quite brilliant.

Why are Pennies Glued to Kids Shoes?

The trend started with one mom who saw a need and found an easy and inexpensive way to solve it.

The problem?

Tap dance shoes are EXPENSIVE (a good pair can cost $30+) so, she decided to make her own.

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Simply take a pair of your kids shoes (preferably a pair they don’t wear often) and glue pennies on the top and bottom.

Then BAM they have tap dancing shoes and it cost you pennies to make, literally!


And parents everywhere are doing the same.

Don’t have a tap dancer?

No problem!

You can do the same thing and just allow your kid to head outside to make some noise. Just imagine all the fun they’ll have!

Brilliant, right?

Another Reason to Glue Pennies to Your Child Shoes

If you have a very quiet child that is hard to locate in the house…pennies might work in that situation too.

I am just sayin’…

More Penny Fun & Hacks from Kids Activities Blog

Have you ever heard of gluing pennies on shoes?  Have you added pennies to your kids shoes at home?



  1. Tap dancing is still a thing?

  2. The neighbours will be very impressed. Not to mention any establishments you visit with these laminate-ruining shoes.

    And lets not forget the slipping risk? Not much traction on pennies.

    Ridiculous suggestion.

  3. Sounds like a solution in search of a problem that never was.

  4. $30 is expensive? That’s a bargain for most shoes these days. Guess mama will have to stop going to Starbucks for a few days.

  5. Fred VonFirstenberg says:

    Of course you were confused.

  6. John Klumpp says:

    Isn’t defacing, or destroying, legal tender a crime in many countries? Unsure of US laws because a limited search only discovered mention of penalties relating to the deliberate burning of banknotes still in circulation.
    In my country of Australia; “it’s a criminal offence under the Crimes (Currency) Act 1981 to deface or destroy an Australian coin.
    The penalty for defacing, or selling or possessing defaced coins, is a $5000 fine or imprisonment for two years.
    You may also be guilty of making counterfeit money if you alter a genuine coin.”

  7. I agree with the slipping risk. If they are only used in tap class, fine.

  8. A quiet child that is very hard to locate in the house?? Huh? Child… you must keep your penny shoes on inside the house at all times so I can locate you! Lol oh boy ?

  9. Pretty sure you could use tap washers if you don’t want to ‘deface’ currency and don’t want the feds after you for a whole 20c. But absolutely, don’t do this and let your kids have a bit of fun in case they slip. Also, don’t let them eat because they might choke and don’t let them near dogs because they might get bitten. It’s a bit of metal on a shoe, not the code to a nuclear armourments factory, FFS.

  10. Evangelina Day says:

    Huge choking hazard. I can’t even wrap my head around how this got to print.

  11. Too many negative comments; firstly it’s a great idea for those who can’t afford extra money for shoes. 2ndly no one is suggesting that the child is wearing them in a store. Thirdly, the neighbors are just that neighbors, and if my child wants to tap outside and be a child go for it. Fourthly, slippage? Everyone is worried about the nuisance of this idea; how about we let kids be kids. Thanks for reading my comment.

  12. Negativity to something that someone’s trying to solve a problem of helping others out by suggesting putting pennies on their shoes so they can tap dance oh my goodness such little jerks I’d hate to be your child I really would since you can’t enjoy life so worried about getting hurt ,so worried about little pennies , pennies come on people get real y’all just some drama queens get over your self. I’ll let my child use there imaginations , while they play and dance around enjoy themselves just being a kid like back in the 60s, ’70s.. this is what’s wrong with the world today that all think you’re better than each other and your kids can’t even be kids like back in the day because you’re going to get hurt come on get with it that’s why there’s so much freaking wrong in the world right now get over yourself…

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