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Part of your math education is learning how money works.
You need to understand the value of money, and that starts with learning how to count bills and coins. As you get older, you might open a checking or savings account, which will help you keep track of your money as you save and spend it. But first, it helps to know the basics. We’ve compiled some games, activities and worksheets to help make money math a little more fun.
Online games and activities
- Online money games from TeachMe: Play games to learn the names and values of money and practice how to count dollars and cents.
- Online money games from Mr. Nussbaum: These online games help you practice how to count money and calculate change.
- Coin-identification game from SplashLearn: In this game, you’ll see a picture of a coin and you have to choose the right answer below it.
- Counting money game from ABCya: Choose your level and then play a counting money game to see how well you know how to count different coins.
- Counting with Coins game from the U.S. Mint: You’ll get lots of fun practice counting the value of coins when you play this online game.
- “Heather Learns about Earning” story from Wise Pockets: You’ll read a fun story and learn all about working for money in this online activity produced by the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
- Dolphin Dash coin-counting game from MathGameTime: Race a speedy dolphin while you’re adding coins together to reach the right value.
- Coins for Candy game from RoomRecess.com: In the Coins for Candy game, you’ll choose your skill level and then select the coins you need to buy the item shown.
- Fruit Splat Coins game from Sheppard Software: Choose the level you want to play and then decide whether you want to play the game in “relaxed” or “timed” mode. Your goal is to find the fruit with the value that matches the coins you’re shown.
- Coin rubbings art activity from Fun Littles: Gather up some coins and colored pencils for this hands-on activity, in which you’ll use different colored pencils to make colorful coin impressions.
- “Fair or Not Fair” game from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls: You be the judge about whether proposed trades are fair deals or unfair deals.
- Coin-toss money game from Hands On As We Grow: This game involves sorting coins and then trying to toss them into a ring.
- Money Tree math game from School Time Snippets: In this money game, you need to know the value of coins and count them to be the first to make a dollar.
- Money-sorting mat activity from Mrs. Hodge’s Kids: Identify the four main coins (quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies) and use a money-sorting mat to keep track of the coins.
- Money Slime activity from Still Playing School: Make clear slime and then add coins to it so you can explore the coins in a different way.
Worksheets and booklets
- Printable money worksheets from Education.com: Learn all of the coins, including their values and what they look like.
- Worksheets for counting money from HomeschoolMath.net: Print out some of these money worksheets to learn how to count common coins.
- Worksheets for counting money from K5 Learning: These worksheets help you practice counting nickels, dimes and pennies.
- “Exploring Money” booklet from The Math Learning Center: This booklet gives you lots of worksheets and activities to work on as you learn about money.
- Coin-based word problems from Bow Valley College: See how well you can think through money problems with this practice worksheet about money.