Looking for money games for kids? This set of 12 free games is perfect for helping kids of all levels learn to count coins.
This week, we’re counting coins. And you get twelve free games in the pack!
All the games follow the same pattern, but they get progressively harder. The first game is quite simple. Put your playing piece on any pig. Then move around the board using a die. When you land on a pig, name the coin and find the matching one on your board. Color or cover it. When you have four in a row, the game is over. Do-a-dot markers are perfect for this!
This was the perfect starting point for my Five, who doesn’t know the names of all the coins yet. Since the game is in black and white, he had to look really closely at the faces on the coins instead of relying on the color difference between dimes and pennies.
We skipped to the third game, where he had to count pennies and mark their value. Easy peasy.
After that, we moved to Game 4. He counted by tens and marked the value of the dimes. Counting by tens is something he’s picked up somewhat naturally, but he doesn’t recognize many numbers past 20. So this was good practice for him.
My Six (going into first grade) started with Game 2. In this game, children identify each of the four coins and mark their value. He was able to pick up on this pretty quickly.
He also played the game where he had to count the value of quarters. This frustrated him, as he couldn’t quickly add 25’s to each other to get the values. I tried to help him see that you can just memorize how to count by 25’s. “25, 50, 75, 100.” This one is our little perfectionist who also wants to understand exactly how everything works, so there were some tears.
But we got through it.
My Eight, who just finished second grade, wanted to play the harder versions, so we started with the toughest of all, Game 12. She was able to count groups of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. It gave her a nice review.
Here’s a rundown of all twelve games:
- Match coins by their faces
- Match single coins to their value
- Count pennies
- Count dimes
- Count nickels
- Count quarters
- Count dimes and pennies
- Count nickels and pennies
- Count quarters and pennies
- Count dimes, nickels and pennies
- Count quarters, dimes, and nickels
- Count quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies
P.S. Due to popular requests, I’ve added games for my Canadian and Australian readers as well!