I love being able to connect with my daughter on her level of understanding. Many times we expect kids to be able to absorb a chunk of information all at once, when they need opportunities to learn bits and pieces first. My daughter doesn’t yet understand the concept of numbers or counting, but she is great at matching. I took her matching skills and extended it to introduce her to coins. This Coin Matching Spin & Cover Game is great for kids who are interested in money, but might not be ready for learning the different values.

– Life Over C's Help kids learn to recognize coins with this hands-on math game. Coin Spin & Cover is a fun way to learn what coins look like.

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Materials for Coin Recognition Game:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Fastener
  • Paper Clip
  • Toy Coins or Real Coins

Toy Coins (or real coins)

To prep: Print on card stock and/or laminate. Assemble the spinner by using the paper clip threaded onto the paper fastener.

– Life Over C's Help kids learn to recognize coins with this hands-on math game. Coin Spin & Cover is a fun way to learn what coins look like.

Alternately, you could use a pencil tip with a paper clip around it instead of the paper fastener, but it is easier for preschoolers to manage with the the spinner already prepared for them.

– Life Over C's Help kids learn to recognize coins with this hands-on math game. Coin Spin & Cover is a fun way to learn what coins look like.

To play: Simply cover the coins as the matching coins are spun.

I confess, I love this game because it is so easy to put together! My daughter loves spinning the spinner and the choosing which coin she wants it to land on!

As kids become more familiar with the coins, you can ask them how much each coin is worth after they have spun.

Or spin 5 times and add up the total value of the coins that were spun.

There is also a graphing game included in the printable that is not pictured here. To use it, simply have your children spin the spinner and graph the results until one of the coins reaches the top of the graph.

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– Life Over C's Help kids learn to recognize coins with this hands-on math game. Coin Spin & Cover is a fun way to learn what coins look like.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Hi Kim, I just wanted to say I just recently found your website and I’m so glad I did! This is my first year homeschooling my 7 year old daughter with Down Syndrome. She also is fantastic at matching but cannot seem to grasp numbers and one-to-one correspondence. This is a great idea, thank you so much!