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Day 215: Money Fun!

Little kids become aware of money at an early age. It is a perfect way to introduce math concepts from sorting to counting and eventually it can help with learning how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and much more.  Young children enjoy looking at and playing with money. (Of course, very young children should be supervised so that they don’t put coins in their mouths — a potential choking hazard.) Help your children learn to identify coins and bills and their value.

One simple way is to show your child a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, and a one dollar bill. As you show them the money, point out what color it is, its shape, its size, and the pictures and writing on each side of the coins and bill. Show them the number on the coin and tell them what it’s worth. For example, “This is a penny, it’s worth one cent.” Remember, you are just introducing concepts and vocabulary, it’s okay if they don’t “get” it yet.

Ask your child to show you a dime, a nickel, etc. Or ask your child to show you the coin with the number 5 on it, or with a picture of President Lincoln. Put a bunch of coins on the table and ask your child to help you sort them into piles of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Eventually they will be able to easily identify and sort the money.

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