- Interactive money games can engage kindgarten students.money, money, money image by easaab from Fotolia.com
Interactive games make learning about money a fun experience for kindergarten children. Hands-on activities reinforce learning, particularly for young children. Using a variety of money games gives the children different types of learning skills and situations to reinforce and absorb what they are learning. Not every child learns in the same way. Make learning fun and young kids will be eager to join in the activities.
- Use the four basic coins (quarter, dime, nickel and penny) to set up a bingo-style game. The boards are easy to draw on pieces of paper or on a more permanent poster board for reuse. Create a grid with pictures or numbers that correspond with the coins. Vary the placement of the pictures or numbers on each bingo card. Throw coins in a deep bowl or small box and draw each coin out to call. This is a simpler version of bingo where the children do not have to match a letter and number from the top of the row, only match the picture or number-filled squares to the coin being shown or called. Give the children a chance to take turns being a bingo caller. Once the card is filled up, the child yells, "bingo."
- Use the love of pretend play and set up a store using toys marked with prices by numbers or pictures of the coins. Give each child a different amount of money in coins. They go shopping or order something that matches their coins. Write receipts for their purchases that show what they spent and what items they purchased. Have each child share what they bought and how much it cost.
- Use a sturdy-grade white paper, such as computer paper. Use crayons or sharpened pencils to create the coin rubbings. Place the coin under a piece of paper. Then show the children how to hold it still under the paper while they rub an impression of the coin on the paper. Try it with each of the four coins.
- Play a simple identification game. Get a small container of coins and low-denomination paper bills. Draw a coin or bill out of the box and ask the children what piece of money it is. To add fun, throw in a few pieces from other countries to help them distinguish differences, and to expand their horizons and to show them what money is like in other places.
- Give the children a large pile of loose mixed coins. Tell them to sort the coins into matching piles.
- Using crayons, colored pencils or paints, give each child or group of children a set of coins. Ask them to draw or paint pictures of what each coin looks like to them. Have them make both sides of the coin in their art creations.