Learning to count change is an important life skill, but it is also a skill that many children have difficulty mastering. One way to assist your child is to build on his knowledge of counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens.

What you’ll need:

  • Pennies, nickels, and dimes

Here’s how to do it

Practice counting to 100 with your child by ones, fives, and tens. Explain that counting to 100 in the various ways is similar to counting money.

Give your child a small number of coins to begin with, such as 12 pennies and six nickels and three dimes. Show your child how to count the pennies by ones, the nickels by fives, and the dimes by tens.

Separate the pennies, nickels, and dimes and have your child count the coins by ones, fives, and tens. Mastering this skill requires a good bit of time, so don’t expect your child to grasp it the first time.

This is a good activity to spread over a period of time, doing it for 10 minutes or so in one session.