Count with cupcake liners
This is a cute and simple way to help kids understand how to combine coins to come up with an amount. Just write amounts in the bottom of the liners, then toss a pom pom into a liner on your turn. The object is to create the amount using the fewest coins possible. “To switch it up, award points for coming up with different combinations,” says Vanessa Vakharia, founder of The Math Guru in Toronto. “Kids may not realize that while two quarters to makes 50 cents, so does 10 dimes or 20 nickels.” Bonus points for a quarter, two dimes and a nickel. To up the difficulty, use odd numbers like 47 cents to teach the concept of rounding up or down. Get the instructions here: Life Over C’s
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