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Today we are celebrating Chinese New Year red envelopes!


As part of celebrating Chinese New Year red envelopes are given to share blessings of wealth with others. You can find out more about the giving of red envelopes here - or by watching the video clip below (although please note it isn't the year of the ram this year!)...

Why Red Envelopes are Given Lunar New Years | LittleArtTalks

As a mark to Chinese New Year we would like you to go back to the money learning we did at the beginning of this term. You can make this as practical as is possible by using your own envelopes (ideally red but it really doesn't matter if not, you can even make envelopes out of sheets of paper, the printouts below, or use red bags or wrapping paper?) and money coins.  There are paper coins you can cut out and use for this activity also if you don't have many coins at home.

In each envelope put different coin amounts in each, according to your child's ability to recognise and count coins. For children who have found money a challenge use 2p and 1ps. If your child is developing confidence using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coin combinations. For those who are confident adding coins then use the different coins up to 50p/£1. 


For example, have five envelopes each with different total amounts inside. If your child is developing confidence with coins your envelopes may look like this...


Envelope 1 - 2p, 2p, 1p

Envelope 2 - 2p, 1p, 5p

Envelope 3 - 1p, 1p, 5p, 2p

Envelope 4 - 2p, 5p, 10p

Envelope 5 - 1p, 2p, 2p, 5p and 10p.


Look for ways to make it easier to count the coins. For example, count them up by starting with the biggest coin first, or counting in two's with the two pence coins. Remember that if you child is counting the coins that they remember their worth - a great way is to tap a 2p coin twice as they count before moving on to the next coin for example. 


Once they have completed it practically, or if not able to do this practically, have a go at completing this...

Need a stepping stone?

Before starting this activity have a go at recognising coins first, recapping all you learnt before about size and colour. You could them place just 1p's in an envelope and then gradually introduce using 2p coins too, remembering that to count the 2p coin you touch it twice.  You can also have extra practise using the activity sheet below...

Need a further challenge?

Take time to think about larger amounts and adding coins together to make these. There are many different combinations your child could make, many links to counting in two's, five's and ten's that they could use. Have a go practically at making different amounts using coins up to £1. If they are feeling confident, have a turn at the making totals sheet below...this is a tricky challenge so look just at page one of the activity...