Sorting coins is a great money activity to to keep your kids entertained! It's so simple and an easy early learning activity.
There are two ways to do this: no-prep and low-prep. Take your pick.
The no-prep way: Dump out all your change on the table (or on the floor, like I did) and have kids sort it.
The 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.)
There are even various ways to sort coins!
- 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. Kiddo LOVED this way of sorting coins!
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. Personally, I love the moments of peace which come when my kids are engaged in a solo activity!