In the process of brainstorming a place value activity, this little exercise was born. It’s simple and fun and takes next to no prep.
Just find the following:
A small black button, pom-pom, or a magnet (what we used)
Funny money (download some here if you don’t have any)
A bunch of coins
A deck of cards with only the face cards (just two through nine)
(I made some zero cards, although they’re not necessary.)
How to play
The child draws two cards.
Put the ‘decimal’ in front of him/her. How much money is that? Have the child use the coins to count it out.
The child draws another card. It is placed behind the other two and the decimal is moved behind the first card. Now how much money is that? Let the child use coins and funny money bills to show you.
The activity continues until five cards are on the table. Then you’re done or you’re starting over. You choose!