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Activity 3

Identifying Money


***  For this activity you will need several coins. We have included a sheet of paper coins to cut out and use if you do not have sufficient real coins, although using real ones would be preferable if you have them available. (You will also need these coins for Activity 4.)


Gather together a selection of real coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2. Discuss their colours. Explain that we call the brown coins copper and the silver coins silver! The £1 coin is gold and the £2 is both gold and silver.


Ask your child to try to order the coins from the least valuable to the most valuable.

Ask: Which coin is worth the most? Identify that the £2 coin has the highest value. You can buy the most with this coin. 


Talk about each coin in turn £1, 50p, then 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p. Discuss how 2p and 1p will not buy anything on their own. They are worth the least. What can we say about the two coins that are worth the least? They are copper. Is the smallest coin worth the least? Explain that 5p is silver and worth more than 1p and 2p.


Show your child a £5 and £10 note. Ask children what these are and how much they are worth. Let your child hold them so they can identify their value and experience the feel, see the pictures, etc. Ask children which note you can buy more with. Are the notes worth more or less than the coins?


Key questions:-

Which one is worth more/less?

Which coins are copper/gold/silver?

Which is your favourite coin, and why?

Can you find out how much the ice creams cost? (There are two differentiated tasks, please choose the one most appropriate for your child)