2 ways to teach kids about coin addition

Single player (Parents play with or against the children):

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Parents should play with and against the child to make this more interesting.

Step 1: Get a bunch of coins (mixed) and spread them on a flat surface.

Step 2: Think of a random number that is greater than 25. Say 27 or 37 or 41 ! (Use your imagination). For this exercise, we will use 37 as our target.

Step 3: Explain to the child that he/she needs to make as many piles as possible. Each pile should have a value of 37.

Step 4: Play with them to start with and help them understand the activity and then kick it up a notch and play against them. Let them win but not all the time

Step 5: Reward for getting it correct or winning the game against you!

 

Multiple players (Kids play against each other):

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Step 1: Decide a prizes for the winner (s). Decide the consolation prizes (keep this a secret till the end of the game)!

Step 2: Get a bunch of coins (mixed) and spread them on a flat surface (We will call this the BIG PILE). The pile should be big enough to cover the number of children playing the game. We suggest that you do not distribute the piles among the kids to make this more fun.

Step 3: Think of a random number – greater than 25. Say 27 or 37 or 41 ! (Use your imagination). For this exercise, we will use 37 as our target.

Step 4: Explain to the children that they need to make as many piles as possible. Each pile should have a value of 37.

Step 5: When you say start – Kids start picking the coins from the big pile and start create piles of their own.

Step 6: Once the BIG PILE is no more, count the piles made by the kids.

  • Grant 1 point per correct pile
  • Grant -1 point for an incorrect pile.
  • The kid with most points wins the prize.

Step 7: The kid with the most points wins.

Make sure there are plenty of participation prizes 😉

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