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Age Range: 4-5

Skills/Subjects: Related Episode:
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Money Math
Learn math using spare change

  • empty container with lid
  • pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
Use these fun math activities to introduce your children to different coins. (Coins can be a choking hazard, so supervise your children carefully.)

1. Sort: Have your children sort a pile of change into pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters (by color or size), and then count the number of coins in each category.

2. Make patterns: Create a pattern by placing coins in a certain order. See if your children can figure out the rule, and ask them to add to the pattern.

3. Call heads or tails: Explain the terms "heads" and "tails," showing your children examples. Place some coins in an empty container and put on the lid. Shake the container, and then scatter the coins on the table. Help your children count the number of "heads" and "tails" they see.

Take It Further
Prepare four bowls, each containing one of the following:
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. salt plus 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. salt plus 2 tbsp. vinegar
Add a tarnished penny to each bowl. Ask your children to predict which penny will become shiny. Observe at five-minute intervals.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 2