Coin Counting Activity


  • Muffin pan (mini or large will work)
  • Baking cups (size depends on your pan and how many cups fit the pan)
  • Permanent marker
  • Play money or real money (pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters)

(Tip: Use play money for school settings and real money for home settings. *If you don’t have enough to fill an entire muffin tray up, kids can use money from other cups as they work through the activity. For the older activities up to $1.00, it’s best to have a good amount of play money to fill the larger amounts.)


Line a muffin pan with baking cups.

Using a permanent marker, write different money amounts on the center inside of the baking cup. For smaller children, consider smaller amounts and work up to larger amounts. For older children, start with higher amounts and work up.

Have children fill in the baking cups using the play money, counting the appropriate amount of money for each baking cup.

Check their work when completed.


You can repeat the steps above. Empty cups and have them show the amounts in a different way with different coins. (Example: Instead of two quarters for 50 cents, go back and have them do 3 dimes and 4 nickels, etc.)


Try to match the change amount with the least amount of coins as possible.

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