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This is very easy to put together for a young child, but it can also be extended and varied to meet the needs of older children.
This activity covers all aspects of the Montessori curriculum: Practical life(Finger transfer, life skill understanding money), Sensorial(feel texture of coins and bills), Language(phonetic sounds and vocabulary), Math(Counting, addition, multiplication, skip counting), Cultural (currency in different countries) .
Go on a treasure hunt and look for coins in the house, maybe on the couch, kitchen counter, car etc and collect all the coins in a container to do this activity.
Materials required: Piggy bank, coins, container to hold coins, coin sorter wrappers(optional).
Finger Transfer activity: For a young child – have them transfer one coin at a time from the container to the piggy bank. (Left to Right transfer). Helps strengthen finger muscles while preparing for Language activities.
Sorting: Sort coins into penny, nickel, dime, quarter, maybe even the dollar coin.
Vocabulary: Name the coins.
Phonetic sounds: ‘p’ for penny. ‘n’ for nickel. ‘d’ for dime. ‘q’ for quarter. ( Say the ‘sound’ of the lowercase letter while practicing with the younger children, not the name of the letter)
Addition/ Multiplication/Skip counting or Counting by 5’s or 10’s: Count different numbers of quantities of coins to see how much is needed to make a $1 or $2 etc.
Coin sorter wrappers: Seal the edge of the wrapper on one end and have children count the coins while filling it in to make the quantity listed on the outside of the wrapper. This can be done as a fun family activity.
Currency from different countries: If you have collected currency from different countries from past travel, use that to teach children that money is called differently in various parts of the world. They also look a little bit different from one another.
Encourage children to look at the people on different bills – George Washington on the $1 bill, Abraham Lincoln on the $5 bill, Queen Elizabeth’s picture on the pound etc.
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