
What Are the Coins?
What you'll need: Some coins
What to do: Ask your child the following questions:
 I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 7 cents. What do I have? (a nickel and 2 pennies)
 I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 16 cents. What do I have? (a dime, a nickel, a penny)
 I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 11 cents. What do I have? (2 nickels and 1 penny)
 I have three coins in my pockets. They are worth 30 cents. What do I have? (3 dimes)
 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.
 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.

