Dollars & Cents Money Game For Kids

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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.

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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.

money game for kids - The Everyday Mom Life

money game for kids - The Everyday Mom Life

There are two ways you can use this game.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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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.

Grab your FREE Dollars & Cents Puzzle Game in the For Kids section of the Printables Page.

For more kid activities, click here.

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  • Esther Irish May 29, 2018 04.49 pm

    What a fun way to help kids learn! When my kids were little I never bought them anything they asked for, so they knew not to beg. Now that they are teens…I need to go back to my previous standards. lol

  • Robin Rue May 29, 2018 05.11 pm

    What a great way for the kids to learn how money works. My youngest is 10 and STILL gets his silver coins mixed up (mostly nickles and quarters).

  • Jeanette May 29, 2018 05.24 pm

    This is definitely something that every kid should do. My kiddo now knows the value of some money but I think if I had something like this it would have taught him at a much earlier age.

  • GiGi Eats May 29, 2018 05.38 pm

    Teaching kids the value of a dollar is so so so important so if/when I have kids, I will make sure to utilize this game!

  • Ashley May 29, 2018 05.41 pm

    This would be perfect for my son. He is struggling with money.

  • Joe May 29, 2018 07.15 pm

    That looks like a great way to teach kids about money and make it fun. Every person should know how to handle money, and this is an excellent way of getting it started.

  • Marina May 29, 2018 07.37 pm

    Well this is such a great game. Kids have to understand the value of money x

  • Reesa Lewandowski May 29, 2018 07.54 pm

    My daughter is currently learning about money at school, so this would be a great game for her! I love when brands make learning fun!

  • Melissa Chapman May 29, 2018 08.11 pm

    This is a great way for kids to learn about money and have fun at the same time. It is important to teach kids early about the value of money.

  • Amy May 29, 2018 10.42 pm

    This would be excellent for my son and daughter. My daughter is having a hard time with comprehension so making a game out of it would be exciting!

  • Kathy May 30, 2018 12.35 am

    I think this would be a wonderful game. Both my daughters are learning about money and this could really help them. They’re both doing very well, but I think this would be more fun.

  • Stephanie May 30, 2018 01.31 am

    What an awesome idea! My oldest will be starting Kindergarten this year, so I’ll have to try this out with him as well.

  • krystal May 30, 2018 01.51 am

    My son is about her age and would love this. He is kind of all about counting his “cents” these days, ha ha.

  • Trina May 30, 2018 01.53 am

    I’m definitely using this, this summer. My younger kids still get their change mixed up.

  • Marcie May 30, 2018 02.24 am

    Oh I love this idea! We’ve had similar conversations with our 4yo. I think they just see us swipe cards instead of using cash (usually) so the concept of money is even more confusing. This looks like a great way for them to visualize it.

  • Sinisa May 30, 2018 03.23 am

    My kids need this . They think money grows on trees.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore May 30, 2018 05.43 am

    This sounds like a fun game to try with the kids. A great way to teach them about money.

  • Erin May 30, 2018 06.33 am

    I agree with you…if they’re old enough to count to 100, then it’s time for them to begin learning the basics about money. This looks like a great teaching method. And she looks so excited to play. Adorable!

  • Jack May 30, 2018 11.55 am

    It’s good to keep kids in control of what they want because if it was for them, they want everything. My mom used to tell me that when I was younger.

  • Heather May 30, 2018 12.14 pm

    This looks fantastic! My youngest daughter would really enjoy playing this game with her big sister. What a fun way to make learning about money a great experience!

  • Jessa Plant May 30, 2018 01.26 pm

    Teaching kiddos about money and how to use it properly is so important! I give in too much to buying them stuff that they ask for. Not my best work.

  • Jenni LeBaron May 30, 2018 03.12 pm

    This is a great idea to start with her at this age. She’ll have a leg up for the next school year!

  • Alison Rost May 30, 2018 04.00 pm

    That’s actually a pretty brilliant way to help the kids understand money better. I love the fact that the pieces on the left are equal to the ones on the right. It’s a lot of fun for them too!

  • Julie I Aloha Lovely May 30, 2018 07.15 pm

    Love the simplicity of this game! Teaching kids early on about money is important!

  • Heather McMechan May 30, 2018 09.28 pm

    This is too cute! Our girls love learning about money when we shop. This might come in handy when we start planning our summer lessons.

  • mj May 30, 2018 11.51 pm

    Super cute way to help kids learn about money. Laminating them is a great idea to be able to use the cards over and over.

  • Sara Welch May 31, 2018 05.03 am

    Now this is my kind of game for kids! Teaching them about money while having fun is a great idea.

  • Di May 31, 2018 03.49 pm

    Laminating the sheets was a great tip. It’s so important to teach kids about money!

  • Nichole Arnold May 31, 2018 05.40 pm

    This is a really cute idea for homeschooling! (and regular school, lets face it lol). My son is 4 and already learning about his coins by having a savings jar. He loves collecting the coins, telling me what he has, and depositing them.

  • Marysa May 31, 2018 08.21 pm

    It’s so important for kids to learn about money. This is a great idea, and it makes learning fun too. Thanks for sharing, it’s good to have educational ideas.

  • Heather May 31, 2018 10.43 pm

    This is such a great idea. I love anything that teaches my kids about math and money!


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