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Playing games with a money theme helps build important skills while having fun!
 

MONEY GAMES

 

This category includes games to help teach and learn money skills.

 

 

When your students have finished playing these games, see our other money categories for other money related activities.

 

 

 

 

 

MONEY CHANGER GAME

Money Changer

Students practice counting and making change.  Includes printable game board.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL GAMES:

 

Game: Flipping Coins

Start with a pile of coins.  Take turns flipping, spinning, or tossing coins.  The winner is the one with the most coins at the end.  For additional difficulty, the winner is the one with the most money at the completion of the game.

 

Game: Adding Money Stacks

Each player starts with a pile of coins.  Then separate each pile into each type of coin -- pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters.  Then add each pile of coins.  Finally, add all the coins together.  The winner is the one with the most money. 

 

 

 

Game: Money Conversion

Needed items:

Die with only a 1,2,or 3 on it.

 

Start by rolling the die. 

 

Level 1: See who gets to five pennies first.

 

Level 2:  See who gets to two nickels.

For help, use a sheet of paper.  Divide the sheet in half with a marker.  Label one side "pennies" and the other side "nickels".  When a player gets five pennies, they must convert them to a nickel by removing five pennies from the pennies side of the paper and placing a nickel on the nickel side.  Two nickels wins the game.

 

Level 3:  Three dimes wins.  Do the same as above, but divide the paper into thirds.

 

GAME PLAY:

1. For starters, we roll a die (a die that only has 1, 2 and 3 on it) and try to see who gets to five pennies first. Whoever gets to five pennies first is the winner.

 

The next level is to play for two nickels. Get a sheet of paper and divide it in half with a marker. One side is labeled "pennies" and the other is of course "nickels".  Take turns rolling the die. When a player gets five pennies, they must convert them to a nickel by removing five pennies from the pennies side of the paper and placing a nickel on the nickel side. Two nickels (or however many you want) wins the game!

 

The next level is a sheet divided into thirds. Use pennies, nickels and dimes. The first to get three dimes (or however many) wins.

 

Finally, we use a quarter. that is the hardest level, because the child has to pull from two rows to make a quarter (has to pull 1 nickel and 2 dimes -- of course, there are a ! gazillion varieties).  For example, before we go to the quarter level where we pull from two rows (nickels and dimes) we just do a penny to quarter conversion where you have to get 25 pennies to win.  It's more fun to play to 50 in that case, because then you need two quarters, so one of them actually holds a place for a while until you win with the second quarter. It's fun and easy to do this to 50 cents with all the common coin values in play as well. Pennies convert to two nickels, two nickels convert to one dime, and five dimes convert to 50 cents.

 

When we play this way however, we use a dime as a stencil to make five circles in the dimes row. This reminds the young student that we need 5 dimes to get 50 cents. This is valuable when working on counting by tens. you can also go forth to a dollar naturally!


 

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  LEARNING MONEY SKILLS - INTERACTIVE LESSONS
Interactive computer learning lessons and games. Use these interactive exercises to help you teach and reinforce money skills.

 

  COUNTING MONEY, WORKSHEETS, LESSON PLANS, INTERACTIVE LESSONS
Teaching and learning how to use and identify money is an important money skill to learn at an early age. These printable worksheets, lesson plans, and interactive lessons will help your students master concepts of counting money with coins and bills, whether they are just beginning to learn to count coins, or if they need additional practice.
 
 

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