“Mom I’m bored!” It is a sentence that drives me crazy. I mean how can a kid be bored! Between toys and books and activities- it is inconceivable that a kid – my kid- can be bored. The first time I heard those words come from my kid – I turned into my mother and offered my daughter a long list of chores she could tackle to help me around the house. I quickly realized that approach wasn’t going to get me anywhere (It didn’t work for my mother either). So I have started preparing money lessons designed as games to keep her active when she needs a little help in that department.
Here is one of them. It is super easy to prepare and it can be on standby when every you need it. It’s the coin matching game.
I get a small plastic bag and fill it with 40 pennies, 9 nickels, 3 dines and one quarter. I lay out one coin and ask her to match it using other coins. For example, if I lay out a nickel – she has to put down 5 pennies. If I use a dime, she can put down 2 nickels or 10 pennies. You get the idea. It has really helped with her counting skills and now she is doing a better job assigning the value of each coin. We haven’t worked up to a dollar yet- but I am hopeful we will get there soon. In the meantime, my small bag of coins is ready to be called into service at a moment’s notice. Let me know what strategies you use to make learning fun in your home.
Tags: kids and money game
2 Responses to “Kids and Money: Quick Activities”
October 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 am
Great idea Mary! Thank you for sharing…My 6 year old daughter was also ‘bored!” on Saturday. I know what to do next time!
Mary Caraccioli Says:
October 29th, 2012 at 1:59 pm
Thanks Dilek! Starting the money conversation with your kids when they are little is so powerful. Sharing what we know and what we wish we had known when we were younger will arm them with problem solving skills and good money management skills when they get older!