## Wednesday, September 5, 2012

### Exchanging coins: A Montessori lesson

One of the skills that we’ve been working on lately is to exchange coins from one denomination to the other.  It can be a hard skill for kids to learn, but by playing this simple game, it can be quite fun!  We were inspired by this game thanks to The Moveable Alphabet.  You can read about her post here.

Set-up:

How to play:

All of the coins are placed in the container (the “bank”) and placed between two players.  One person is chosen to go first and rolls the die.  The number rolled indicates the number of pennies to be taken from the “bank”.

After the coins are taken from the bank, the child looks to see if they can make an exchange, using the chart as a guide.

The first person to exchange their coins to get the quarter is the winner.

Control of error:

The number of coins are used as the control for this activity.  If the child cannot get the necessary number of pennies and/or coins to exchange from the bank, then the children need to look over their coins to see if they need to perform any exchanges.

Extension:

After this game is played so that quarters are easily exchanged, you can add 3 additional quarters and a dollar bill to the “bank.”  The game is continued until 1 person can exchange for the dollar.

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Cherine M said...

This looks like such a simple and fun game. I think Xander would really like it. Thank you for sharing the great instructions for play:))

Cherine M said...

Awesome....a Canadian Conversion sheet!!! Thank you;)

Sandra said...

Great game! Thanks for creating Canadian version as well!!!

Arizona Child Care said...

Oh, this is great! I came across your blog looking for activities for my students. Thanks for sharing, I'm gonna try this next week!

Leann Warren said...

Glad you liked it!

Leann Warren said...

I didn't want to forget my Canadian friends!!!

Leann Warren said...

You are welcome!

Leann Warren said...

So glad you can use it! It's a fun game, and my son loves playing it.

Angela said...

What a fun game! The kids I watch love playing it with me! We just added the dollar and additional quarters today. Our game was tie with two quarters on each players card.(All of the quarters were in play, and we still needed two more for someone to win) We decided to add a few more quarters to our bank, and it seemed to work out fine after that. Have you ever had this problem?

Leann Warren said...

Thanks, Angela. We have not yet played the version working up to the dollar. You would definitely have to add more quarters -- 6 to be exact -- but I believe you can leave the rest of the coins as they are listed. Hmmm, maybe I should relist the coins for this second version of the game.

Marnie said...

I love this work. I am creating a "Money Unit" for my Montessori certification and I just may have to incorporate this activity! :-)