Show Me the Money

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In this math lesson, learners make wallets or purses and then participate in a variety of money-related activities. First, learners make their own paper money and paper wallets or purses. Next, learners identify coins while singing a money-themed song. Then, learners consider how they would spend various denominations of coins and record their thoughts in a Money Journal. Finally, learners rotate through various Money Centers, where they record coin flips (heads vs. tails), sort coins, make a money cube graph, create a book of coin rubbings, and play store.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
    • Number and Operations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Financial Literacy
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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