There is something about sorting coins that is just waaaay too much fun for me! I remember sorting and rolling coins as a kid to earn some extra money. My parents figured if I was patient enough to roll the change, then I deserved the money! Ha! Looking back, it was a genius idea…it kept me busy and quiet for hours!! So, here’s my little nod to my parent’s being geniuses with this simple coin sorting tray!
What you’ll need:
- Empty Container with a Plastic Lid
- Marker (I used a sharpie)
Start by making four rectangles on the top of your lid. I moved the rectangles off to the right so that I could add labels on the left hand side.
I made small signs with the coin value and taped them next to each slot. Then, I taped real coins to a small paint swatch that I had lying around the house, and wrote the value for each coin. This was my daughter’s first activity looking at a legend or key!
So, where’s the learning??
- Learning that coins have value
- Identifying differences/similarities between coins
- Using a Legend or Key
- Fine motor development
- And, it’s FUN!
My daughter loved holding the coins up to the key and then putting the coin in the proper slot. She was thrilled when she got it right! It’s a wonderful way to extend the love she has for her cash register, too!! I dare you to make one and not try it yourself….there’s something very soothing about sorting coins…but, then again, maybe it’s just from all of the sorting that I did as a kid!
Do you love coins as much as I do?