Simple Math Lesson {using coins}

My boys love collecting coins and playing with money.  So, I thought it was a perfect time to do a little "math" lesson with them and teach them about sorting, making patterns and the value of money

All you need is some change and some old baby food jars.  Easy Peasy!

First, get the kids to sort money into piles (i.e. all the pennies in one pile, all the nickels in one pile, etc...)  

You can also spend some time making patterns with the money.  (i.e. penny, nickel, penny, nickel, ?)  The kids will have fun guessing "what comes next?".

Finally, help the kids to count out the coins (100 pennies, 20 nickels, 10 dimes, 4 quarters, and one loonie), and put them in labeled jars.  It is a great way to help kids {visually} understand what money is worth.

Isn't this a great way to get the kids interested in Math?

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. Great math idea! It takes a while for kids to learn how to count money as well, so this would definitely help!

  2. Thanks, Laura. They aren't experts yet, but they are having fun. :-)

  3. Math + Money = Financial Wisdom
    That's a great way to do it! Thanks for linking up <3
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open!

  4. I love that first image of your boy! TY!!

    1. Thanks! He isn't always willing to pose for pictures, but he was so excited to be playing with money that he didn't mind at all. :-)


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