Coin recognition

Children need to learn to tell the difference between coins to help them when they are out shopping.  Here is a fun way to help your child with this. 
Before you start, ensure there is good lighting and good contrast to make locating the coins easier! 
1. Start with one of every coin in a small pile.
 coins on cloth
2. Give the child time to feel each individual coin. 
3. Make sure they use both hands to feel the whole coin.
4. Encourage them to feel the outside of the coin as some coins are ‘milled’ for example the 5 pence and 10 pence.
milled edge of coin
5. Get them to feel the shape of the coin so they can identify if it is round or has edges. 
6. Encourage them to compare the sizes of coins as this helps identify the coin.
As they feel each coin let them know what it is and get them to put it in the corner of the tray.
    coins sorted  in tray corners                          
7. Divide the coins into pairs which are tactile similar.
8. So pair the 
  • 50p with the 20p 
  • 10p with the 5p 
  • 2p with the 1p
  • The £2 is the largest coin and stands alone.
  • The £1 is unique in it has twelve sides. 
 close up of £1 coin
Playing a game of guess the coin as they pick them up from the pile can be fun, especially if you add in a chocolate coin! 
Or you could ask them to count out a set amount of money! 23 pence (20p +2p+1p) or make harder by using smaller coins (10p, 2x5p, 2p, 1p)