This free printable is wonderful for young children who are learning coins!
This week our theme is Measurement. When we think about things kids need to measure, length is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But kids can also measure time, volume, weight, and even value.
Of course, before kids can learn the value of coins, they need to be able to identify them and distinguish between them. I always find that I jump ahead on this skill, assuming my kids already know the difference between coins.
Use this printable sorting mat before teaching the value of coins. My kindergartner loved it!
After adding a few pennies to the mat (the easiest coins to identify!), my Five told me we didn’t have any dimes.
“Oh, there are a lot of dimes. See? They’re the smallest silver-colored coins.”
“Look,” he told me. “This is a dime. I know because it says ONE DIME on the back.”
He placed a nickel on top of the printed quarter and was sure he’d found a match. But I showed them that quarters are bigger than nickels and the largest coin (or at least the largest coin we use regularly).
Now he was getting it!
You might come back to this activity another day and help your child name the value of each coin. Here’s a little song you can teach him. Sing it to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”
Penny, nickel, dime,
Penny, nickel, dime,
1, 5, 10,
1, 5, 10
Sorting coins is fun for kids. Be sure to do this activity before teaching them to determine coins’ value. They might also enjoy these other coin activities. When they’re ready, you can play these free coin counting games.
What a great resource! Thank you for sharing. I was looking for W alphabet printable (found!) and found this Coin Sorting Mat – perfect for my classes reading the story ” Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina with STEM extension “buying” and “selling” a cap using coins they will identify and value.
That sounds like a great extension, Ellen! 🙂
This has been wonderful to teach my autistic daughter coin sorting. I would love to see this printable available with the tails side of the coins as well.
I don’t plan on updating this soon, Cindy, but thanks for the suggestion!
Thanks for the money games, were adapting it towards our needs.
I’m so glad you can use them, Maggie!