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What Are the Coins?


Fun math activityWhat you'll need:
Some coins

What to do:
Ask your child the following questions:

  1. I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 7 cents. What do I have? (a nickel and 2 pennies)
  2. I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 16 cents. What do I have? (a dime, a nickel, a penny)
  3. I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 11 cents. What do I have? (2 nickels and 1 penny)
  4. I have three coins in my pockets. They are worth 30 cents. What do I have? (3 dimes)
  5. I have six coins in my pocket. They are worth 30 cents. What could I have? (1 quarter and 5 pennies or 6 nickels). This problem has more than one answer. It is challenging for children to experience problems like this.
  6. I have coins in my pocket, which have a value of 11 cents. How many coins could I have?

You get the idea! Give your child a few coins to figure out the answers.

Parent tip:
Use this activity to help your child develop an understanding of patterns and variables (the unknown) to solve a problem. This is critical to understanding algebra.




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