Show Me the Money

The kids had a great time exploring money during math centers.  We are just beginning our unit of study on money.  The focus of these centers was to learn to count money using nickels and pennies or dimes and pennies. We used this Money Mat to help us count.  The idea originally came from here but I updated it by adding pictures of money and the value to help the students.

Eggs in a Basket - For this activity students counted the money placed inside the eggs.  Each child had a different colored baskets with numbered eggs.  They drew the quantity and added how much money was in each egg.  

The Bakery Shop - I used these cupcake mats which I purchased from here.  My students were not ready to do the activity as directed so I adapted it for the needs of my students.  Here they practiced counting dimes and pennies.  Each child completed two mats.

The Toy Store - The kids had a great time purchasing items to play with from the Toy Store.  They were able to purchase one item at a time, play with it, and then, make another purchase.  They loved it!

The last two centers included Monopoly Junior and their math workbook.  This was a fun and interactive way to learn about money.  What I loved about it was that I was able to access the children's knowledge through multiple ways.  Not all centers were paper-pencil tasks.  Yeah!

Math Work Stations: Independent Learning You Can Count On, K-2
On another math note:  Have you heard about this summer's Book Study Blog Party? I'll be joining some wonderful bloggers (all of whom, I Follow and LOVE) this summer to share ideas, resources, and freebies based on Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations.  I am super excited!  Want to join us?  Order the book and get ready for an awesome adventure in learning via the blogs of Mrs. Wills Kindergarten, Primary Graffiti, Mrs. Patton's Patch, Oceans of First Grade Fun and Kindergarten Crayons.  If you aren't Following them or subscribing by email, go do so now! You do not want to miss out!

Happy Teaching and Learning!


  1. Mrs. Parker,
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful money ideas. We finished up with school on Friday :) but I can always use the ideas next year. When I clicked on the link it took me to google docs but said the document was unavailable. SDNana

  2. I was going to comment to let you know that google docs currently says the document is unavailable, but it looks like SDNana beat me to it.

    I LOVE these money centers. We've finished our money and only have 2 days left of school, but my students struggled with money so I'm definitely keeping these ideas handy for once I find a job (I student taught this semester and just graduated a week ago).

  3. Let's see if this works for you now. I fixed the links. Sorry about that.

  4. I just bought the book Math Workstations and would love to join your book study? Is there anything special I need to do? Or just keep updated thru your blogs?

  5. Great! Mrs. Wills Kindergarten will launch the Book Blog Party first during the first week of June. I'll keep everyone posted via blog posts. Thanks for joining us!

  6. The money counting mat is such an awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and printables!


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