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Money Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Help your students learn about money with these fun games. You can read this article to find information about supplies, directions and other educational tips.

Trade Up

Help students understand the value of different coins with this game.

Supplies:

  • Coins (real or paper cut-outs)
  • Dice
  • Paper and pencil

How to Play:

Students can play this game in pairs or small groups. Each student should have their own paper and pencil. Begin the game by having a student roll the dice. The student gets as many cents as they roll! For example, if your student rolls a 3, he or she gets 3 pennies. Have them record the amount of money they have and hold onto the physical coins before the next player rolls.

Once a student has 5 pennies he or she can trade up to a nickel, at 10 cents they can trade up to a dime, and so on. The first student in the group to trade up to a quarter wins!

You can use this lesson on the number value and letter name of coins to help students get even more comfortable with this concept.

Tic Tac Cents

Use this game to help students practice adding various denominations of coins together.

You'll Need:

  • Papers set up as tic tac toe boards
  • Coins (real or fake)
  • Paper and pencils

What to Do:

Set up the tic tac toe boards before class by setting different combinations of coins in each square. Students play by the same rules as normal tic tac toe, but in order to make an X or an O they must correctly determine the amount of money in their square of choice. Each game ends when one student completes a row!

Students can learn more about adding money amounts with this engaging lesson. The video walks students through each step of this process and the short quiz allows them to apply what they're learning.

Cataloging Money

This game helps students get used to multiplying and dividing different monetary amounts.

Gather These Supplies:

  • Catalog pages
  • Scrap paper and pencils

Directions:

Hand out different catalog pages to your students and tell them they need to pick out some items. However, they have to follow some rules with their purchases. They are buying in bulk, so they need to buy several of at least one item and find the price for all of these items using multiplication.

They also need to buy some items they plan to share with their friends. Have them divide their total by the number of friends sharing the price to practice this skill.

Finally, you should pick a goal amount for the students to spend. The first student who brings you an order closest to the goal amount that includes multiplication and division wins!

Your students can get more help learning these skills with these lessons on multiplying and dividing money amounts. Have your students practice all of their money math skills with a comprehensive exam found in the 6th-8th Grade Math: Money chapter.

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