Coin Math

ObjectiveTeach kids about different coin values and work on their basic addition and subtraction skills.
Description Coin Math

Use this game to teach your kids coin recognition as well as basic addition and subtraction.


1. Get a piece of paper, a pencil, a pile of coins (you could add in a couple of small bills if you feel your kids need a little more challenge), and a timer (a small hour glass timer from a board game will work well).

2. Arrange two or three coins on one side of the paper and another two or three coins on the other side.

3. Draw a plus or minus sign on the paper between the two piles. And say the question out loud for your child. For example: "what is two nickles take away two pennies".

4. Set the timer and have you child discover the answer before the timer runs out. For younger kids you may want to omit the timer and help them to add and subtract the coins. Encourage your child to use the coins as manipulatives, get them to move the coins around in a way that helps them to answer the question. If it is an addition question get them to move the coins into one pile and then add up the total. If it is a subtraction question, have them move the coins out of the first group and then count up the total.   

5. When they get the question right you may want to let them keep the coins. 


Complete When

Mark this activity as complete when your child has successfully completed three addition questions and three subtraction questions.

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Prerequisites Bank It
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Age Range 5    6    7    8   
Activity Type Game
Tags Logical-Mathematical Intelligence  Counting 
Last ModifiedRobRob


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