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Money Match

Fun mathWhat you'll need:
One number cube to roll; 10 of each coin (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter)

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What to do:

  1. For young players (5 and 6 year olds) use only two different coins (pennies and nickels or nickels and dimes only). Older children can use all types of coins.
  2. Explain that the object of the game is to be the first player to earn a set amount (10 or 20 cents is a good amount).
  3. The first player rolls the number cube and gets the number of pennies shown on the cube. Keep all like coins in batches or stacks of 5 or 10.
  4. As each player accumulates 5 pennies or more, the 5 pennies are traded for a nickel. Players take turns rolling the cube to collect additional coins.
  5. The first player to reach the set amount wins.
  6. Add the quarter to the game when the children are ready. As each player accumulates 5 nickels, they are traded for quarters.

Parent tip:
Counting money and batching in groups of 2's, 5's, or 10's teaches children matching skills and helps in the beginning stages of addition and multiplication. Children also learn how to identify coins and understand their values.

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