Identifying coins is something I never remember learning because I always seemed to know it. I think the reason why was that I used them much more than my kids do at the same age. I bought candy with coins, we used pay phones, got on the bus with 40 cents, paid for milk at school… the list goes on. Now even when I do ask my children to pay for something small at the store and hand them a few bills they don’t bother to look at the coins because they just seem insignificant. I decided to fix that. We started rolling the coins in our piggy banks, we counted coins, played store with real money, talked about who was on each coin and then I made this fun tray activity. The best part is that it’s self-correcting. Learning about money is best out in the real world and I am finding more and more opportunities for that but simple activities like this one make learning about money fun at home too.
Next add masking tape on the end of the keys.
Repeat with all the locks and keys.
It took my son about 3 seconds, but 6 months earlier it would have been a little trickier.
It took my daughter a little longer. As she did it we talked about each coin and which was worth the most and least.
How have you helped your children learn what each coin in their piggy bank is worth?