Saturday, February 25, 2012

Learning about coins

Last week we started learning about money in kindergarten. We're just focusing on the basics like naming coins and their values. We've also been counting pennies-nothing too challenging! I'm planning on adding some money games to my math work stations this week. Here are some freebies for you in case your students need some practice with coins too!

This game is called Coin Grab and it practices coin recognition. I fill a little cloth bag with an assortment of coins (you could also fill a paper lunch bag or little purse) and then students take turns pulling out a coin and graphing it on their recording sheet. They do not grab a whole handful of coins at once-this is important to explain to kinders. Once they reach the top of their graph with one of the coins, the child stops and records how many of each coin they had on the bottom of the recording sheet. You can laminate the recording sheet and let students fill it in with a dry erase marker, or what I usually do is just copy it in black and white so students can fill it in with a pencil (and it is not a big deal to the kids that the coin pictures are not in color).

In case you're still studying teeth for dental health month, here is a simple little tooth math game that works on money skills. Students spin the spinner, count how many cents they spun, and move that many spaces on the game board.

I'll be back later this week with pictures of all my current math work stations. I'd love to hear what you're up to this week!


  1. Thank you so much for the coin grab freebie! It is simple, but very useful for a good review of names and a coins worth. Thank you!

  2. We've been counting pennies and dimes for awhile, but just started counting nickels. I can see the confusion of a few faces! Thanks for the helpful games.

    Hope you are well...can't wait to spend an afternoon in the bookstore :-).

  3. Thanks so much for the coin freebie. We have been working hard on pennies and dimes. I just added the nickel last week!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. Thanks for the freebies!! The coin graph is perfect!

  5. Very cute blog. We just started our unit on money -- thanks for sharing your ideas. Come visit me sometime I am a first grade teacher that is new to blogging.
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  6. Such a cute blog! I just found you tonight and I am utterly enjoying the posts! We just started coins and i was wondering how we could incorporate this into centers... thanks for the ideas!!!!
    I'm a follower!

    Miss S
    Just Teaching...Kindergarten

  7. Thanks for sharing. Nice blog...

  8. Hi,

    I just found your blog through Lil' Country Kindergarten. I can't wait to look around a bit. I'd love it if you'd come over to my blogs as well. I currently have three blogs. I write a home blog (my most widely read blog), a literacy blog, and a kindergarten blog. My literacy and kindergarten blogs are fairly new, so I'd love to get the word out about them. My main website is From there, you can get to all of my blogs. I'd love any advice you have for breaking into the teaching blog world. I feel like I have a pretty good start with my home blog, but no one seems to be reading my other two. Any suggestions for me would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks for taking the time to help out a new teacher-blogger!


  9. Thank you so much for the coin material! It is always a difficult subject for my kinders! I just found your blog and I am so glad that I did - it is awesome! I just started a blog, it is in the very beginning stages, but I would love for you to stop by and offer some suggestions!

  10. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit me...