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Coin Game – A Fun Way to Learn About Coins

This is all about providing a hands on way for kids to learn how to recognize coins. You can adapt this based on whatever currency you are teaching! Bonus points for integrating fine motor skills strengthening as well! Here you will find all the information on creating this DIY coin game. Plus, don’t miss our FREE Coin Recognition Activities printable!

A Fun Coin Game You Can Make in Minutes!

Learning coins can be tricky! Providing hands on and playful opportunities to explore and learn is key. The best part for the grown up, is that this is super quick to set up and budget-friendly too!

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Watch the Video to See How to Make this Coin Game

Here’s a quick video showing how I made a coin game out of readily available household objects and recyclables!

The goal of the game is to sort all of the coins into the correct slot. The tactile, sensory experience of holding the coins makes this an engaging experience. Plus, pushing the coins into the small slot provides a valuable opportunity for fine motor skills strengthening.

Read on below for the written step-by-step instructions including links to materials!

Watch the Video to See How to Make and Play this Coin Game

Here’s a quick video showing how I made a coin game out of readily available household objects and recyclables!

The goal of the game is to sort all of the coins into the correct slot. The tactile, sensory experience of holding the coins makes this an engaging experience. Plus, pushing the coins into the small slot provides a valuable opportunity for fine motor skills strengthening.

Read on below for the written step-by-step instructions including links to materials!

FREE Printable Coin Recognition Activities

We wanted to provide some more fun ways for your kiddos to enjoy recognizing coins.

In this printable booklet, you’ll find 5 unique was for your kiddos to engage with coin recognition. It includes an overview, plus sorting, matching, and coloring activities.

These activities integrate the playful, hands on elements enjoyed in our DIY coin game with several activities that involve holding and sorting real coins. If you do not have real coins available, we’ve included a page where you can cut out paper coins!

For more free printable activities covering many different early childhood education areas visit our Printable Store!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Recycle a cardboard box and grab some coins.

Step 2

Put double sided tape behind each different coin and place them on the top of the box. We focused on the U.S. coins, including a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny.

Step 3

Use a craft knife to cut a slot below the coins. 

Step 4

Use a marker to write the value of the coins.

Step 5

I then secured the box onto the tape with some painters tape, to avoid it from moving around.

Step 6

Provide the rest of the coins in a bowl and task your kiddo with sorting and pushing them into the box.

Step 1

Recycle a cardboard box and grab some coins.

Step 2

Put double sided tape behind each different coin and place them on the top of the box. We focused on the U.S. coins, including a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny.

Step 3

Use a craft knife to cut a slot below the coins.

Step 4

Use a marker to write the value of the coins.

Step 5

I then secured the box onto the tape with some painters tape, to avoid it from moving around.

Step 6

Provide the rest of the coins in a bowl and task your kiddo with sorting and pushing them into the box.

Educational Benefits of this DIY Coin Game

An understanding of coins is an incredibly important math and practical life skill, and coin recognition is one of the first steps in mastering the concept of money.

When setting up the activity, this provides a nice opportunity for grown ups to explain what money is and why it is important. Simply put, money is used for buying goods or services. It is also used to measure the value of things.

This activity as well as the printable booklet is all about recognition – helping children distinguish that not all coins are alike. Coins may not be the same size, do not have the same value, and may be of different colors.

This serves as a foundation for understanding more advanced concepts of valuation, adding and subtracting coins, exploring different types of currency, tendering money, and making change.

Educational Benefits of this DIY Coin Game

An understanding of coins is an incredibly important math and practical life skill, and coin recognition is one of the first steps in mastering the concept of money.

When setting up the activity, this provides a nice opportunity for grown ups to explain what money is and why it is important. Simply put, money is used for buying goods or services. It is also used to measure the value of things.

This activity as well as the printable booklet is all about recognition – helping children distinguish that not all coins are alike. Coins may not be the same size, do not have the same value, and may be of different colors.

This serves as a foundation for understanding more advanced concepts of valuation, adding and subtracting coins, exploring different types of currency, tendering money, and making change.

More Ways to Learn About Coins

Here are my top picks for toys and games you can buy that introduce your kids to the world of coins! 

Toy Cash Register

Toy cash registers are great ways to teach math and money skills! This set comes with 73 pieces, including a talking calculator.

Bank for Kids

This personalized wooden bank is a great way to encourage the importance of money and saving at a very early age!

Monopoly Junior

This version of the classic Monopoly game is for kids 5 and up. It is a simpler and faster game for young kids with shorter attention spans!

Play Grocery Store

This kid-sized grocery store is a great way to integrate imaginary play with learning about buying and selling goods! It includes a check out table and grocery shelf!

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