Kindergarten Worksheets > Math/Number Awareness > Money
It is important for children to be able to identify the various coins and bills that are used in the United States. The money and coin worksheets below highlight the various elements of each coin: the shape and size of each coin; the value of each coin; and the word for each coin. Additionally, these money and coin worksheets will give your child important practice identifying the value of each coin and adding together the values of multiple coins. Each money and coin worksheet also includes a tip for helping your child quickly learn how to identify each coin and remember each coin's value.
For more tips and suggestions for teaching your child about money and coins, please visit my blog post on using money and coin worksheets.
Learning the values of coins and bills is important
Many of the skills that young children learn in their pre-kindergarten and kindergarten years are skills they will use for a lifetime, such as reading, writing and social skills, to name some obvious ones. Understanding our monetary system of coins and bills falls into this same category, as people use their knowledge of coins, bills and the corresponding values throughout their lives. This is also a skill that requires automaticity - we are expected to quickly, accurately and comfortably manipulate coins and bills when exchanging money. (Think of how awkward it feels to be in a foreign country and use money that is unfamiliar.) It would be equally uncomfortable to work with money in the United States without these basic money skills.
Counting money is fun for children
Fortunately, children enjoy handling money. They quicly understand that it is valuable and are generally quite eager to learn about the coins and bills and the value of each. The exchange opportunities that are part of our money system are also intriquing: five pennies is the same as a nickel, two nickels can be exchanged for a dime, and it takes a minimum of three coins to equal a quarter, for example. Also, children see their parents handle money frequently and are eager to take part in this "adult" activity. Finally, children enjoy manipulatives of any kind, so playing with money is appealing, as well.
Money worksheets are helpful and effective learning tools
These School Sparks worksheets provide wonderful opportunities for children to practice working with money. They are ideal because each set of worksheets focuses on a specific money skill such as identifying and naming each coin and bill, understanding the values of the coins and bills, counting coins and bills of like and varied values, and understanding how to create specific amounts using a variety of coins and bills. Worksheets allow chilldren to work at their own comfortable pace and also provide an adult with concrete imformation regarding a child's skill level and understanding. In addition, these worksheets are not only fun and engaging, they provide opportunities for children to recognize what they have learned, as well.
Tips for identifying coins
Obviously, some coins are quite easy to identify because they are unique in some way. The penny is the only copper-colored coin and stands out. The dime is small and thin and feels different because of it's size. The challenge for most children involves recognizing and identifying the differences between the nickel and the quarter. (I must admit that I have to take a careful look at these coins to make sure I have identified them correctly when I hurredly try to pay for an item in a crowded store.) One way to quickly tell the difference is to look for the word LIBERTY written in an arc over George Washington's profile and a date boldly stamped under the profile. The face of Thomas Jefferson on the nickel extends from top to bottom, with the words LIBERTY AND IN GOD WE TRUST written in arcs on the left and the right sides of the the profile. Also, Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson is easily identifiable on the back of the nickel.
Extra tips and activities to try at home:
- Allow your child to collect spare change in a piggy bank or small jar. To add to his bank, he must name each coin and say it's value. As his comfort with money increases, you might ask him to find the total value of the group of coins to see how much he is adding to his bank.
- Read a fun picture book to your child that deals with money. I recommend the adorable story Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun With Math and Money by Amy Axelrod.