Race to the Dollar

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In this math activity, learners play a card game to practice adding coins quickly, just like a banker. First, learners create coin cards. Next, the cards are dealt to each player. Each player flips their cards over one at a time, while adding up the value of their cards. The first player to reach a dollar wins the game.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Note cards
  • Paper and pencil


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Equations and Inequalities
    • Number and Operations
      • Decimals
      • Operations
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Financial Literacy
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, 2011

Funding Source:

  • Chase