We’ve been working on counting money with my 2nd grader, and for some reason she still to this day struggles with skip counting. We’ve worked on it over and over again and just can not get it concrete in her amazing little brain. She was really struggling with it one day and was almost in tears, so I decided we needed to make this fun.
I decided to make this game using real money that encouraged her to have fun with practicing her coin counting. She seems to respond well with playing educational games, plus my other girls are always looking for an excuse to sit down together and play a good board game.
Spend to the End
This game is called “Spend to the End” because that’s exactly how you maneuver around the board. You spend a certain amount of money to move forward along in the game, and who ever can spend their money the fastest will win!
All you need to play “Spend to the End” is a bag or container full of random coins (I put a few of each and you can switch it up each time with different amounts). Basically, you start with $.00 and pick a coin from the bag or container. Then you move to that space on the board. Then each time it’s your turn and you draw a new coin from the bag, you add that amount to the space you’re currently on to get your new total spent, and continue on to the new total.
This game is great because it helps your kids:
- Identify the different amounts each coin is worth
- Money counting skills
- Coin identification using only touch (maybe they’ll figure out how to reach for the quarters instead of the pennies so they can move along faster? They will be able to figure out the different sizes of the coins, which has ridges along the edge, etc.)
Since I’ve made this game my kids can’t seem to get enough, which is funny to me because it’s just a silly old game mom came up with one day. They are always asking me, “When can we play ‘Spend to the End’ again?!”, which makes for one happy homeschooling momma!
How Do Your Kids Like “Spend to the End”?
Did you download and play this game with your kids? If so what was their response? Did you notice their coin counting skills improving the more they played? I know I did with mine!