Do your kids know the value of a dollar? My daughter used to ask for something EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. we went to the store. When she was 3 we had a big blowout in the middle of Target when she screamed for the rest of the shopping trip (about 20 minutes) because I wouldn’t buy her something.
People were staring, and I was ashamed and humiliated, but I didn’t budge. I stuck to my guns and didn’t buy her a single thing that day. Afterwards we discussed why she wasn’t getting a toy and at that time, she seemed to understand it slightly.
As she has grown she now understands that sometimes we just don’t have the money to buy ALL THE THINGS we want.
Since she started kindergarten she has learned to count to 100 but they still haven’t really introduced the idea of counting money.
She’ll turn 6 this summer and I decide if she can count, she is old enough to count money. I know this will only add to her understanding of it all and hope that when she does, she’ll really get the value of a dollar versus just understanding that we can’t spend it whenever we want.
To help I’ve created a fun game for her to show her how money adds up. When I brought it home she saw it on the table and immediately asked to play with it. She had no idea what it was, but it looked fun enough that it was interesting to her and that made me happy.
There are two ways you can use this game.
- You can cut them in half in various zig zags and make a puzzle out of them. This is what we did, and this was my intention in creating the game.
- But you can also use them as flash cards to help you explain that five pennies equal a nickel, two nickels equal a dime and so on.
My daughter has been really getting into puzzles and I love watching her mind work as she fits pieces together. Cutting these printables apart so that they can be a puzzle for her was a great way to engage her.
Once she joined the pieces together I was able to talk to her about why and how those pieces fit together and explain that the money on the right added up to the money on the left – even though they looked very different in some cases.
I laminated the game, which I would recommend so you can use it again and again. I was able to get this done at the UPS store for just a couple of dollars and to me, it was worth it.
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