Our six-year-old is learning about money at school, which is good because he's long been confused about the differences between dollars and cents.
To reinforce his school lessons, I made a simple board game to help him associate the coin values and names with their appearance.
- My (free) 2-page PDF of the game board and spinner
- A small, unique game piece for each player
- Heavyweight card stock to print the PDF on
- Safety Pin (to use as the spinner)
Once printed, poke a hole in the center of the spinner. Thread the small loop of a safety pin onto a brad and thread it through the hole. Open the prongs at the back of the spinner, making sure the pin spins around freely.
Put the small game pieces on the words START. The youngest player goes first and flicks the spinner. Whatever they land on, is where they'll move their game piece (for example, if the safety pin spinner points to "dime," they will move their game piece to the next space on the game board that features that coin. Play alternates between players. Players must spin "penny" or "1 cent" to land on the final space and win.
A great book to pair with this activity is Learning about Coins. Check it out!
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