In the middle of the holiday season, I decided to bring in a Money theme! Why not, spending and saving is a big part of the holiday season for many families like ours.
As usual, I utilized a couple very helpful printables (thank you!) and if it wasn’t for the weather getting in the way, we would have made a special trip to the bank.
Currently learning with a preschooler? Check out our very similar 12 Money Preschool Trays!
But first, here is a closer look at our 10 Money and Coins Tot Trays…
- Coin Matching
- Coin Magnifying
- Coin Counting Tray
- Pretend Money Cutting
- Blank Checks
- Make Your Own Money
- Highlighting Money
- Coin Word Tracing
- My Money Book
- Coin Cutting Practice
- First, collected a bunch of coin images, isolated, easily found with a Bing image search
- In Publisher, made several empty boxes with a black border and ‘put’ a few coins inside
- Gave E a container of coins to match on the coin cards.
- What a surprise – another pile of coins!
- This time I simply included a small magnifying glass so he could take a closer look at the images and words on the coins.
- Started with a Lakeshore Learning counting tray
- Then gave him a little coin bank full of coins
- Left it to him to put the coins in the tray!
- I printed out this pretend money printable in color — thank you!
- Gave to him with scissors for a little different of a take on cutting practice.
- Started with this cute blank check printable — thanks!
- Printed that in color and trimmed the checks down to size
- Filled out one as a sample, then gave him the rest with a regular pen.
- Thanks to PreKinders for this fun pretend money printable!
- I just printed this out in black and white and gave him some markers!
- Used this printable of tiny but realistic money — thanks!
- I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I simply gave him some highlighters to color in the money!
- I created these in Word using the Free ABC Print Dotted Font — (thank you!)
- I included the name of the coin, two sets of its first letter (upper and lower case), then a picture of each coin
- Then I printed, trimmed and laminated these, rounded the corners and put on a tray with a green dry erase marker.
- Printed this wonderful money emergent reader by the Measured Mom — thank you!
- Trimmed this to size, stapled in the corner, and we helped him with reading it!
- As how I usually make cutting practice strips, I used a table in Publisher with solid edges but dotted lines in the middle
- Put the coin graphics within each ‘cell’
- Printed in color and cut into strips for him to cut into individual squares.
Our Money and Coins Tot Trays theme ended up being a fun and relatively easy one! It was the first one I had done in quite a while without the help of a tot or pre-K pack! It’s obviously quite easy to find appropriate graphics and helpful printables.
As I said at the start, we wanted to add a trip to the bank on this theme. Another simple idea would simply be taking a can of coins to a Coinstar machine!
Back to some more learning centered around Christmas next!
I’m proud to be linking this post up to 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place with activities that E enjoyed at 41 months old! Also shared at Montessori Monday, Inspire Me Mondays, Mommy Monday Blog Hop, Parenting Pin It Party, Turn it Up Tuesdays, A Little Bird Told Me Link Party, Learn and Play Link-Up, The Homeschool Link-Up, and at the Laugh & Learn Linkup!