Teaching Kindergarten Kids How to Count Money

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Things You Will Need:

  • 1-100 counting chart
  • Coins (use either real coins or actual size plastic money)
  • Pennies: 100
  • Nickels: 20
  • Dimes: 10
  • Quarters: 4
  • 1 dollar bill (real or actual size paper money)

Money Money Money!

1. Teach the value of 1 cent by placing one penny on each number of the chart and practice counting from 1 - 100. Teach your child that 1 penny equals 1 cent and 100 pennies equals 1 dollar. Practice this concept every day for at least one week.

2. Teach the value of 5 cents by teaching your child to count by 5’s. On the chart, assist your child in removing every five pennies and replacing the fifth with a nickel. Practice this concept along with a review of pennies for at least one week.

3. Teach the value of 10 cents by teaching your child to count by 10’s. On the chart, your child should remove the nickels and replace every other one with a dime. Practice this concept and review the value of pennies and nickels for at least one week.

4. To teach the concept of quarters, you should try a different approach than that the other values by teaching this rhyme: “25, 50 75, a dollar! I’ve got so much money, it makes me want to holler!” While saying the rhyme, the child should place quarters on the appropriate numbers.


Teaching the value of quarters can be a little tricky for a young child. Even though it is the easiest and shortest way to count to 100, the mind of a young child doesn’t always see the pattern of 25 numbers and it may seem that they are just calling out numbers at random. If you do not think your child is completely ready for counting quarters, keep reviewing the concepts already learned and save the quarters for later.