What's That Coin Again?

What's That Coin Again?

As a kindergarten teacher, I always loved teaching my students math. I got such a kick out of seeing kids' eyes light up when they learned how to add two numbers together or solve a tricky problem. And I LOVED helping them learn about one of the most abstract of all math concepts: coins. This simple table helped many of my kinders learn the names and values of coins in a snap. When my three year old recently discovered the chart, he was excited to play along too.

5 - 8
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. coins - 1 of each: penny, nickel, dime and quarter
  2. crayons (2) - silver and bronze
  3. paper (1)
  1. To start, I printed out a copy of the coin chart. (It lists each of the coins along the lefthand column and leaves a blank space for value, front and back to their right.)

  2. Then I invited my son to spend some time looking at each of the coins. I was amazed by what he discovered! He noticed that the quarter and dime have bumpy sides. The nickel is smaller than the quarter but larger than the dime. And all of the coins are round. We were off to a great start.

  3. We looked at each coin more closely. I explained that the penny is worth one cent. Then I wrote "1 cent" in the penny's "value" column. The next step was a little more tricky. My son and I turned the penny face up and carefully moved it underneath the paper so that it was positioned in the box labeled "front". I made a rubbing of Abe Lincoln's face using the base of my bronze crayon. My son helped me flip over the coin and move it a few inches to the right so that it was positioned under the "back" box. I made a new rubbing of the Lincoln Memorial.

  4. Once we labeled the values and finished rubbing the fronts and backs of the coins, our chart was complete. We posted it on our refrigerator so that my son can use it when we practice sorting coins later. I hope that this simple chart helps your children learn the tricky math concept in a snap too.