As kids begin to show an interest in money and are able to start understanding its symbolic nature, it’s helpful to expose them to various activities and opportunities for hands-on play. Things like keeping a piggy bank, identifying coins in change you get from or store (or find in the couch!), and using real money can be helpful. Using hands-on printables can also support kids as the are learning to identify the names and values of coins. Use this free printable set of coin sorting mats and coin identification puzzles in kindergarten and first grade to help kids begin learning about coins.
Free Printable Coin Sorting Mat
We started first by gathering some coins and the single page coin sorting mat. You can use real coins like we did, or substitute with plastic coins if you prefer.
There are three variations of the coin sorting mat in the free printable. Choose that one that you prefer. You can set this activity up as an independent choice option at home, an after school homework activity, an early finisher activity in the classroom, or a math center option.
Free Printable Coin Identification Puzzles
After kids are able to sort coins and identify the name of each one, you can start discussing the value of each coin. We used these coin identification puzzles to help with this aspect.
With these puzzzles kids match the front of the coin, the back of the coin, and the value to the name of the coin.
Quick Tip: Add a colored dot or matching sticker on the back of each complete puzzle so that kids can self-check their work when they finish the puzzles.
Extend the activity by then having kids match with coins from their original activity for even more practice and the opportunity to include coins that have slightly different designs.
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