Here’s a quick idea for a game to practice counting money! If I’m remembering correctly, I got this idea from the teacher I worked with when I was student teaching. I know we played it there, but that was 11 years ago! The game is called “Fair or Not Fair.” Give your child and yourself each a pile of coins. To play, one person suggests a trade, and the other person has to decide if that trade is fair or not fair. This provides an opportunity to see if your child really understands the value of different coins, and it’s also a lot of fun!
Mom: Gresham, I’ll trade you one nickel and FIVE pennies for just ONE of your quarters! That’s six coins for one!
Gresham: Okay… wait, that’s only 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 cents! A quarter is 25 cents! Not fair!
Early elementary school is so much fun!