KidsSave Money Counter (online version)
This online version of the KidsSave Money Counter is a versatile, free tool that can teach kids basic money skills or help them count up a pile of their piggy bank money. Check out the tips below to see the different ways the Money Counter can be used to teach basic money skills.
Here are some ideas for using the Money Counter:
- Have your child rotate the money wheel to find a particular coin or bill. (Ex: Show me the dime)
- With the counting pad clear, ask your child if he/she knows the value of a particular coin. Then rotate the wheel to see the answer. Continue with a different coin. (Ex: What's the value of a nickel/how much is a nickel worth?
- Have your child show a different way to make 25 cents, or 67 cents, etc.
- With the counting pad clear, ask your child the value of two dimes. Add two dimes to the pad to see the answer. Continue with different coin amounts and combinations, clearing the pad each time.
- With a variety of coins and bills on the counting pad, ask your child to determine what the total value would be if a nickel was added. Then add the nickel to see the answer. Continue with various coins and bills. Do with subtracting coins and bills, as well.
- Have your child add some coins and bills from their piggy bank or your wallet. Then add them using the Money Counter to see if their answer was correct.
- Add some coins and bills to the counting pad in dollar notation. Ask your child how much it would be in cent notation only. Then switch to cents and see the answer. Do the same switching from cents to dollars.
- With a variety of coins and bills on the counting pad, ask your child how much he/she would have left if you spent $1.50. Continue with different spending amounts.