How to Teach Preschoolers About Coins & Dollar Bills: 11 Steps
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Teach the concept of coins and dollar bills to preschoolers.

It's not just adults who are obsessed with money -- looking at money, counting money, playing with the way coins feel in the palm. Kids love to look at and touch money, too. Preschoolers start learning the concept of money by observing you, their siblings and other adults when you purchase items, using coins and bills. The natural curiosity of a preschooler makes this a perfect time to teach the difference between the different denominations. Once you teach your child the name of each denomination, basic math concepts come into play -- and this helps your preschool child begin to add, subtract, multiply and divide.


  1. 1
    Show your child a coin from the smallest denomination from your collection. Then show her a coin from each denomination.
  2. 2
    Tell her the correct name of each coin, beginning with the smallest denomination, working up to the largest denomination.
  3. 3
    Ask her to repeat the proper name of the coin after each one is presented. Allow her to hold and touch the coin. Repeat the process with each denomination of money over the next several days until she is able to identify each coin or bill.
  4. 4
    Hold up a coin or bill. Ask her to state its proper name. Explain that each coin is worth so many pennies. "A nickle is worth five pennies but a dime is worth 10." Ask her to repeat the statement. Continue this practice with each coin until she is able to say how much each coin or bill is worth, without help.
  5. 5
    Place several coins into an opaque container. Shake the container to mix the coins.
  6. 6
    Hold the container just above his line of sight.
  7. 7
    Ask him to reach into the container and select a coin. Ask him not to pull the coin out of the container.
  8. 8
    Tell him to feel the coin and determine which one he is holding. Ask him to tell you which coin he is holding. Inform him that he may remove his hand from the container and look at the coin to see if he is right.
  9. 9
    Place 40 pennies in the center of the table.
  10. 10
    Ask her to sit at the table. Place a nickle, dime and quarter in front of the preschooler.
  11. 11
    Ask her to move the pennies from the center of the table and to place the proper number of pennies in front of the nickle, dime and quarter to represent how many pennies it takes to make each coin. Model this process first so she understands what she is supposed to do.


  • Always supervise very young children.

Things You'll Need

  • Quarters
  • Dimes
  • Nickles
  • Pennies
  • Dollar bills
  • Opaque container
  • Show and Tell then Guess

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Categories: Education and Communications

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