Money Hop

The Money Hop Floor Mat offers a kinesthetic opportunity for children to practice learning the values of money. 

Have your students start with the Pre-Test below. Then, spend some time jumping on the mat, using the activities below to guide you!

 

PRE-TEST

Before hopping on the mat:

Ask your child what the name and value of each money image below. (Mark it off and try to remember for the final survey!)

penny
nickel
dime
quarter
half dollar
dollar
five
ten

NOW, LET'S TRY SOME ACTIVITIES!

Have students begin on START HERE. A student will step on the penny and say “penny.” Then, step on the nickel and say “nickel.” Have them continue to the end of the mat.

Place a 10 dollar bill, a five-dollar bill, a one-dollar bill, a half-dollar, a quarter, a dime, a nickel, and a penny in a box or on the floor. (You can also print out fake money found on the following pages.) Have students match the bills and coins on the mat.

Have one student throw a bean bag on one of the words or pictures, penny, nickel, etc. For example, if the bean bag lands on the dime, all of the class does a physical activity (such as running in place or jumping jacks) while saying, “A dime is equal to ten cents.” Then, they will all count to 10. Give all students a turn to throw the bean bag and choose the physical activity.

Option: You can write down different activities on note cards beforehand and draw a card to choose the activity the class will do for each toss.

Glue pictures of coins and bills on 3 x 5 (or smaller) cards*. Place the cards into a large hat or box. Have students choose a card from the hat. If the student chooses a card that has a picture of a quarter, for example, then they will hop to the quarter on the floor mat and say, “I drew a quarter. A quarter is 25 cents.”

*You can also use any money flashcards you might already own.

Give a student an amount, such as 23 cents. Have them jump on the coins on the mat that they would use to make 23 cents. For example, the student may jump on two dimes (while counting by 10’s up to 20) then jump three times on the penny (while adding 1,2,3 to 20) to make 23 cents. Challenge them to make the amount with as few coins as possible, or not using any quarters for larger amounts, etc.

PRACTICE PROBLEMS

POST-TEST

After hopping on the mat:

Ask your child how many names and values of the money they know now!

Please record your answers in the survey below.

penny
nickel
dime
quarter
half dollar
dollar
five
ten