Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Race to a Dollar! {Counting Coins Freebie!}

Hi TBR friends...
It's Erin from Little Miss Primary!

The Teacher Wife

I am so excited to be with you today to share one of my favorite/my readers' favorite money games!!
FOR FREE! Woohoo!!

I saw a coin counting idea in a really old issue of the Mailbox Magazine and knew that I wanted to create a similar game for my kiddos! It has been a huge hit in the classroom.

The game involves identifying and adding coins to one dollar and can be supported with all kinds of manipulatives!! You could use this game in a math station, for individual practice (adapted), or as a bit of partner fun!

To Play:
Students will use a pencil and paperclip to create the spinner. Taking turns, students will spin the paperclip and add the new coins to their current total. The goal is to be the first player to make one dollar! Watch out, though--if a little lands on the "Start Over" space, they must begin back at $0.00. Bummer!!

Here is what you'll need:
Blank Paper 

The blank paper is to be used as a recording sheet. To save paper and the environment (woo!), kids could use a white board and dry erase marker, or even a dry erase marker and their desk!
(If you choose to go the desk+marker route, you will be a superstar.)

Here are optional materials that would be really great/beneficial/supportive/etc to use:
Coins--play or real, to collect as they land on various amounts
Hundreds board--if addition is a struggle, they could color in the value of collected coins

To download the freebie from TpT, click the picture below!

If you download the freebie, please leave me some feedback!!
I'd love to know what you and your kiddos think. 
Really really.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your summertime, teacher friends!!
P.S. Has anyone noticed that I have only posted about mathematics?! Haha! Oops!


  1. Thank you so much! I'm going to use this for Cub Scouts too!

  2. Thank you so much! This is just the kind of game I was looking for! My cub scouts will love it!

  3. My son is in Cub Scouts and is currently working on his Adventures in Coins belt loop. He needed a game that he could add and/or subtract coins and this will be the perfect game! Thank you for such a fun freebie!!!

  4. Woohoo! My daughter is officially homeschooling now, and she is lacking a lot of automatic recall of things like money even as a third grader. I used a game like this when I taught kindergarten years ago, so here we go with building foundational skills.