Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Money Bingo

Since Ray has finished already finished his Kindergarten Math text, we're spending some time working on telling time and counting money. Today we played "Money Bingo." (I adapted this idea from a similar game in What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know from the Core Knowledge Curriculum.)

Here's how it works:

Each player gathers 5 pennies, 5 nickels, 5 dimes, 5 quarters, and 5 dollar sign pieces. (We used milk lids with dollar sign stickers.) The caller has a container with various coins and one dollar bills inside. Each player has a "Money Bingo" card with five each of the following amounts printed on it: one cent, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, and one dollar. (The children could certainly be given the task of  making the cards themselves. Hmmm. Maybe that will be next week's activity --- make your own bingo card.)

The caller pulls a coin or bill and places it on the table. The players have to find a coin or bill that matches. They need to say the name of that coin and the amount it's worth. Then they can find that amount on their card and place their coin (or $ token) on that space.

We played until we covered the entire card. (And that way we were all finished at the same time --- no winners/losers.)

This game is perfect for my boys right now. Both of them are struggling to keep the names and amounts of the coins straight. I think a few days of practicing with this game will help them get it mastered.

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