Money is one of those math topics that kids generally love to learn about. They all want money, so they usually don’t mind learning how to count it. At least mine didn’t. 🙂
Since Pooh is in second grade, learning to work with money is one of our main objectives for math this school year. So I’ve started using several money activities for second grade to help him grasp this concept as easily as possible. Plus, I’m sharing a new printable today that can help your kids learn to work with money too!
Money Activities for Second Grade
What money lesson is complete without a game of “Store”? Usually kids learn about the concept of money when we go shopping. They ask us for toys and we say “No, we don’t have money for that.” Then they realize: money = the ability to buy toys. 🙂
That’s a great place to start teaching them about money!
To set up our “store”, I asked the kids to go to their rooms and pick three things each. They came back with their most prized possessions. It was actually pretty cute.
Then I just arbitrarily assigned prices to each item using sticky notes. And our store was complete!
Now I might skimp on my store “shelves”, but I try to use realistic play money. (Ours is from Learning Resources.) I think it’s important for kids to learn what actual coins look like so they can recognize them in real life.
It’s somewhat ironic to be teaching with dollars and coins when we almost always use cards now, but it’s so important that kids understand how money works. That’s a much easier lesson to learn with coins than cards. I mean, you can swipe cards all day without actually realizing how much money you spend. (Ask me how I know…lol.)
When we make “purchases” in our store, we add up the total using a calculator, count out our money, and we’re off!
Another way we like to teach money in second grade is by playing Monopoly Junior. It’s a fun and easy way for younger kids to learn about concepts such as buying and selling, property, and budgeting.
Dollars and Cents Concentration Game
Want even more money activities for second grade? Check out our new printable Dollars & Cents Concentration Game! Kids can use the included cards to practice matching dollars and coins with money amounts!
The game includes one set of cards with various dollar and coin amounts, another set with the totals shown in word form (50 cents, 1 dollar 15 cents, etc), and a third set with the totals shown in accounting form ($0.50, $1.15, etc). That way, you can customize it for your child’s grade level! If he’s unfamiliar with decimals, stick with the word form cards until he’s ready to move on.
To play, just print the cards out, decide which set of matching cards to use (word form or decimal form), and then lay them on the floor face down with the money cards. Let kids take turns turning over two at a time until they can match up the dollar and coin cards with the correct amount cards! The first one to finish wins!
Here are some other great Money activities for your 2nd graders!
Chemical Reactions with Pennies from Creative Family Fun
Money Activities for Second Grade from Look! We’re Learning!
Money Math Problems for 1st-3rd Grade from Planet Smarty Pants
Counting Coins Scavenger Hunt from School Time Snippets
Skip counting nickels and dimes from Sugar Aunts
Free Money Fractions and Probability Activity from Life Over C’s