Thursday 7 June 2012


Montessori Activity: Sorting Coins

Idea from a Chinese Pre-schooler workbook
Age: From 3 years old


1. To get the child familiarize with money.
2. To teach counting coins.
3. To inspire the child to save.


1. 4 piggy-banks or purses for each value of coins.

2. 1 bowl containing a handful of coins with different denominations. I have got 1 kr, 2 kr, 10 kr and 20 kr on hand, and thus I use them.

3. 1 tray or mat.


1. Demonstrate by putting the 1 kr coin into the piggy-bank meant for 1 kr.

2. Invite your child to sort the coins to the respective piggy-banks accordingly.

Additional Information:

We were doing school this evening and came across this exercise in one of J's Chinese workbooks. I thought it would be too difficult for him and turned over to the next page, but J (3Y3M2D) saw it and wanted to do it straight away. So I let him try. To my surprise, he could do everything. Thus, this exercise inspired me to make a Montessori-style activity with real coins.

I will be collecting more coins to increase my stock. Actually the Danish coins are not so suitable, as the sizes are similar and the number on the coins are very small. I will try to use the Singaporean coins instead.

I use real coins, as it does not cost anything. But if you feel that it would be too inhygienic, you can use toy money, which is available from Amazon:

We bought our piggy banks from the Japanese store Daiso in Singapore, but you can get similar ones from Amazon:

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