## Saturday, February 25, 2012

### The Dollar Tree: A Coin Value Game

After reviewing coin names and their value during President's Day and the resources I've found via Pinterest, I was inspired to make my own money game to help Tyler learn that 5 pennies = 1 nickel and so on....  I had made a Money Tree printable and found that although he knows the value of each coin, he would still insist that 6 cents (1 nickel and 1 penny) was actually 2 cents.

Tyler received a Melissa and Doug Money Set a couple years ago, and it has finally come in handy!  I made a printable of a tree with the tree trunk having four spaces for four quarters.  When you collected 4 quarters to make a dollar, you win!  Hence, you completed the dollar tree!

Tyler and I played this together; it took 20 minutes to 1/2 hr. to play... But I can say, that we've played two times and he knows that when he has 5 pennies, he can trade them in for a nickel!  And when he has two nickels, he can trade them in for a dime.  Eventually, I can show him that 10 pennies is 1 dime, etc.  But for now we are working on making nickels from pennies, dimes from nickels, etc.

What you need:
2 game sheets (or just draw a tree on two sheets of paper)
spinner (or printable dice)
lots of pennies!
nickels, dimes, quarters

How to play:
Spin the spinner and collect that amount of pennies (1, 2, 3, or 4).  If you land on "Trade Up!" either you lose your turn or spin again.  Continue to spin and collecting pennies onto your tree.  When you land on "Trade Up!" begin with trading pennies for nickels first, then move onto nickels for dimes....etc.  When you are able to make a quarter, place the quarter on the tree trunk.  The first one to complete their Dollar Tree, wins!

 Tyler won!
If you would like the game sheet, I can email it to you.  I don't understand GoogleDocs!  I am not that computer savvy, unfortunately!

Inspiration & other money games to check out:
Got A Buck? @ E is for Explore
The Trading Game: Money Style @ Spend a day in Second Grade
Counting with Coins @ Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Money Bags: A Coin Value Game-- We have played this many times, but still a bit advanced for Tyler

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1. What a great idea! We just started talking about money, and this little game would be perfect!

2. This game is genius!! I'm going to share this with my blog's facebook followers. Oh, and thanks for sharing a link to my blog!

1. Thanks! And, no problem-- your blog is great!

3. This is such a great idea :) I'm not computer savvy either...it took me awhile to figure out google docs...if you know how to save your file as a pdf.. you can upload it onto google docs very easily. There is a little button beside the CREATE button..click on upload from file and upload your pdf file. hope that helps.. let me know if need help :)

~MiaB
www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

4. Really cute. I'm wanting to bring more math in while I'm working with my preschoolers. I know they'd enjoy this. Jodi @ meaningfulmama.com

5. Fantabulous! Please please please may I have a game sheet! My son is needing to learn these SAME concepts and he'd love playing this game. lisabeestampin [at] yahoo.com

6. This looks like the perfect thing for my son!!! I'd love to be able to print this. Thank you so much!!! rockermom [at] accomplishate . com

7. Great Game! Thanks for linking up to fun frugal friday I hope you stop by again. I just started following your blog I can't wait to read more fun posts. : )

8. This is Genius! Thank you for sharing!!!

I am trying to help our 6YO DD get this. She is so close but games speak her language and I've tried others ... I think this one is IT! She needs the competitive aspect if you know what I mean. ;) LOVE IT!!!

P.S. I would love the doc emailed if you don't mind. cljjs (at) yahoo (dot) com Again, thanks!!!

P.P.S. Came over from Love 2 Learn 2 Day. :)

9. I'd love a game sheet too!! This is a great game. Keep up the good work. If you could email it to me.. Id really appreciate it: karenbonino@yahoo.com

10. What a GREAT idea!! I am always looking for more money fun =-) I shared it with my Facebook readers here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Life-Intentionally/261252997248957 - Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Hope to see you agai this week!
Beth =-)

11. I would LOVE this tree document if you wouldn't mind emailing it to me. My kids have a lot of trouble with this, also. Thank you SO much!!

My email is ljjredbutterfly@yahoo.com

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