# An-Activity-a-Day: Learning with Coins

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This was the first week of our Activity-a-Day calendars!  We have three calendars available each month and on each calendar is an activity that should take 15min or so using items commonly found at home to help interact and learn through play.  Are you participating in the Activity-a-Day fun?  If so, link up and show us your family’s favorite learning activity from the week.

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### On Wednesday we emptied the piggy bank…

…and cleaned the coins and did the following learning activities with them:

• Sorted our coins into piles of “like kind”.  It was fun watching my three year old examine the back of the quarters, dimes and nickles to determine which pile they should go in.
• My four year old would find the coin that didn’t “match” the others and we talked about what the different coins were called.  I attempted a discussion on the different values, but the kiddos did not seem to “get it”, they were too busy playing.
• We had fun counting our coins and figuring out who had the pile with the most coins.
• My builder, then began making stacks of the coins while I began practicing patterns with his sister.   If we have a quarter, a quarter, a dime and then a quarter, which coin do you think goes next in the sequence?

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

From our partners:

1. Great ideas- I always think of the pumpkin as too little for activities with money, but these suggestions use it in ways she would totally be able to grasp! Thanks!

2. JDaniel4's Mom says:

JDaniel understands what money is. He would love playing with it.

3. When Max was in preschool I bought those plastic holders that you sort quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies in before you roll your change. He loved to fill them up for me and I would then transfer the stacks to the paper holders. Then we’d go to the bank so he could see how we put money in.
-ps- he rolls his coins like a champ now, and has quite a nice chunk saved up. Maybe he’ll be a banker someday, lol!

4. Awesome! My kids love money! My kind of activity!

5. Once you think the child has mastered the concepts of counting coins give them a fun quiz to encourage them, check out Coin Quiz http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A475BZ8

After the kids get familiar with the app they can try to see who can get the highest score.