I love using hands-on activities to teach kids. It makes the skill so much more memorable for them and a whole lot more fun. This crayon rubbing coin counting activity is one I use all the time with my kids when they are learning to count coins. My very tactile learners have loved this and it really helps make the information they are learning more sticky (and anytime I can prevent information from going in one ear and out the other I count it as a win).
- Download the Counting Coins printable here.
- Old crayons with the paper wrapper taken off
- An assortment of coins
Sit down with your child and talk about the value of each coin. I like to use as many different methods as I can to help kids remember this. If you can tie in a fun song, do a craft, count coins out loud together, etc. it’s much easier for kids to really learn.
I’ve found some cute videos on YouTube. Definitely screen anything you watch on there first but there can be some great educational tools. My preschooler liked this video from ABC Mouse (They have some great resources for preschoolers. Sign up for a free month here.)
Once your child has the basics down and understands the value of each coin, pull out the counting coins printable. Place the coin you want behind your paper and use a crayon without paper on it to make a rubbing of the coin on the paper.
Start by making coin rubbings of each individual coin on the top row. Reinforce the value of each coin.
For the boxes on the second row, have your child count the coins that will make each value and make coin rubbings of the coin groupings. You can continue this on another piece of paper with different values to get some extra practice in.
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