Teaching coins in kindergarten can sometimes be difficult. There are so many different coins, values and it incorporates different math strategies! We used the activities from my Easy Print and Prep pack to help us teach our students all about Canadian coins (the pack also includes everything for U.S. coins). Here are a few of the activities we did:
1. Sorting Coins
One of the first things we did was start our students off by sorting coins. We used some plastic coins, and students practiced recognizing the different coins and sorting them by type.
I sat with them when they were doing this activity and I named the coins as they placed them. This way, they were constantly hearing the names of the coins as they sorted.
We had this activity out a few times after its initial introduction, and our students enjoyed it as much as the first time.
2. Spin and Cover
This is another great center for practicing coin recognition. Students spin and then cover the coin that they land on.
They had a great time filling up their piggy bank. You can use plastic coins, or any other manipulative that you have on hand to cover. I love that students had to identify the coins that they were covering so that they got used to seeing the different symbols on the coins.
3. My Books of Coins
There is a different coin on each page of this book. Students trace the name of the coins, and its value. They can also colour in the coin. These are easy to prep. You print out the books, staple the two books and then cut them out.
4. Graph the Coins
I love activities that you can work on different skills at once. With this graphing sheet, students have to count how many of each coin there is. Then they graph the coins! A simple activity, but works on their coin recognition skills in a way that is really fun.
When they were done, I also asked them to identify which coin had the most, and how they knew. They are practicing so many skills without even knowing it!
5. Add the Coin Clip Cards
This activity involves adding the coins together and then clipping the amount on the bottom of the card.
We practiced adding the coins together as a whole group before having the students work on this activity on their own. They skip counted and added to find their answers, and they were so proud of themselves when they found the right answer. They did a lot better with this than I thought they would! We have been practicing skip counting all year, and it really paid off when it came to counting coins.
6. Coin Posters
We used the Money app on our iPads to practice adding coins together and showing their values. Out students loved using a tech tool to practice counting coins, and this app was perfect for keeping kids engaged. I added the posters to the table they were working at to help them with identify the values and names of the coins. In the pack, there are individual coin posters and there is this one with all the coins on them (they are also in Black and White).
All of these activities and more are available in my Easy Print and Prep: Money pack. You can get it on its own, or in the bundle with all the different math strains in one.