Use your spare change to teach your kids simple numeracy skills and early money sense. Learning about money can be a fairly complex concept, however if you start small and simple, kids will easily engage. Before you know it, they can start applying their learning to real life situations - like shopping!
momstown made this money sorter using a plastic veggie tray and simple printouts.
What you need:
- Tray with different compartments - 6 is ideal for us Canadians with our dollar and two-dollar coins!
We went online and googled 'money images' and it was very easy to find printable images of a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, loonie and twoonie. Then we printed out the coin's name as well as the dollar value. Tape them on to each compartment so it's easy for kids to figure out where each coin should go.
There is a lot to learn with money - names of the coins, values, and then of course 'what can you buy with that?'
We put loose change in the middle compartment and showed our little ones the different sorting areas. Because there is a picture as well as words, this works for non-readers and early readers alike!
Then we got sorting!
Once the sorting was complete - the counting could begin! We suggest dividing this up into separate activities if the kids are small - they may not have the attention span to count after all that sorting work.
Each compartment's contents can then be counted out. It's a great way to count one-to-one as well as to practice skip counting with older kids (by 5's, by 10's, by 2's).
We've just stumbled across a great musical resource that reinforces money sense with kids - a great song about our Canadian coins by Michael Mitchell of "Canada is for Kids" - click here to hear "Canada in My Pocket" and learn all about the different images on our coins as well as tons of other traditional and unique Canadian songs.