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Activity 4

Counting Coins


***  For this activity you will need several coins again. 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.


Gather together a pile of fourteen 10p coins! Explain we will count them together.

Count in 10s, dropping a 10p coin into a mug with each count. Count to 140 and back to 0. Now show ten 10p coins. Ask how much it is. Ask your child to count the 10 coins. Then count together in 10s to 100. Ten lots of ten pence coins is a hundred pence, what do we call a hundred pence? One pound.


Show a pile of four 5p coins. How many five pence coins do I have? Ask your child to count the four coins: How do we know how much money this is? Explain we have to count in 5s. Count together: 5, 10, 15, 20, showing four 5p coins is 20p.


Show a 20p coin and demonstrate that this is the same as four 5p coins. How else could we make this? We could use twenty one penny coins!  Why don’t we pay with only pennies when we go shopping?


Now find the value of five 2p coins by counting in 2s together to show five 2p coins is 10p.

Write on a piece of paper 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p = 10p.

Discuss how you could also make 10p using ten 1p coins.


Repeat, finding the value of five 10p coins by counting in 10s.

Then write 10p + 10p + 10p + 10p + 10p = 50p.

Point out that we could also make 50p using 50 × 1p coins.


Finally ask your child to model adding 10 × 5p coins by counting in 5s then writing a long addition:

5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p + 5p = 50p.


Point out how clever they have been. They can add coins by knowing how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Show your child a £5 note. Ask: How many pound coins do we need to make this amount?


Key questions:

How can we work out how much money ten two pence coins comes to?

How can I write four five pence coins makes twenty pence?

How much money is six two pence coins?

Please complete the activity “How much money is in my jar?” - differentiated for different abilities.

(If possible, let your child use real coins to make the amounts in each jar rather than cutting out the coins on the sheet)


Challenge activity: Designing, making and selling stamps

Can you design some stamps for seaside postcards? Use your own pictures on the blank stamps sheet to make them interesting, - think about the pictures you have been using on PurpleMash, or maybe draw different sea creatures onto them.

Colour them in and cut them out. Give the stamps different prices, e.g. a stamp for 12p, a stamp for 23p, a stamp for 55p, etc.

Now you can sell the stamps using real coins to pay.

(Parents please help your child to match the cost of the stamps to their ability.)