There are many ways to make a dollar, in fact so many that you can create a fun math game for your child or children that are learning how to count money and add double or single digit numbers. I discovered this game just the other day when my daughter and I were sitting at the kitchen table. I saw her playing with her coins and I asked her to show me just how many ways she could make a dollar. It turned out to be a fun “game” that gave her the opportunity to practice her math skills. Math games are a great tool to motivate your child to learn and master some core skills. And besides, who says that learning can’t be fun? Show your child just how much math can be with this easy game.
Here is how you play:
1) Gather coins, preferably plastic coins that look just like the real thing. Using realistic coins that have fronts and backs to them helps your child translate the look and feel of the fake coins to real life.
2) Ask your child to show you variations of a specific dollar amount. You may want to start small (like 35 cents) and then work your way up to larger amounts.
3) Ask your child to show his or her work by either drawing the coins and adding the numbers, or doing at least one of these two options. For example, 25+25+25+25 = 100.
4) Give your child a specific time frame to come up with the variations. If you have friends over, you can declare a winner to the child that comes up with the most variations.
5) You can vary the difficulty by adding basic multiplication skills to the equation but remember, you do not want to make the problem too hard or else you will frustrate your child more than create a fun learning experience.
And just in case you were wondering, there are 242 ways to make a dollar! Your child will get a kick out of learning this particular fact!