Kids are fascinated with money and will love the opportunity to play with coins. Give your child a learning opportunity to explore loose change with this fun and super simple coin sorting activity for kids that doesn't require a worksheet or pre-printed sorting mat!
There are two versions of this coin sorting activity. No-prep and low-prep. Both are great choice and require little energy on your part. Take your pick.
NOTE: This activity is not for children who will put the coins in their mouth.
- The no-prep way: Dump out all your change on the table, or on the floor, like I did. Then ask your kids to sort the coins. See below for ideas of different modes of sorting.
- The very-very, low-prep way: On a large piece of paper draw circles and label them with coin values and names. Kids sort coins accordingly. (See photo above.)
How to Sort
- By coin value. Pennies, dimes, etc.
- By coin size. Line them up according to size.
- By color. Pennies in one pile, everything else in another.
- By picture. Show your kids the way not all nickels and quarters have the same picture on the back. If you have a lot of quarters, expect a lot of little piles!
- By country. If you are a world travelers with a lot of foreign change, add some into the mix!
- By year. My son LOVED sorting coins by year.
Coin sorting activity extensions
Depending on how hands-on you want to be you can turn the coin sorting activity into a discussion about coin values, or even include a little free-style math practice if your kids are old enough. For example, show them how 1 nickel + 1 nickel = 1 dime.
Instead of working on a large piece of paper, set out small bowls for the coins.
If your child is old enough, have them work out how much money they sorted!
Personally, I love the moments of peace which come when my kids are engaged in a solo activity!