Saturday, September 18, 2010

Clean up the Money Game

This 2-player game challenges students to toss 2 dice, form a coordinate pair, then collect the coin from that space, if there is one.   First students alternate placing quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies on the gameboard. Then students toss a regular die and a special die (A-B-C-D-E-F) to form the coordinate pair and remove the coin from the matching space.  
Variations of the game are given but students must always find the value of their coins to identify the winner of the game so they get plenty of practice sorting and counting coins. NOTE: Buy wooden cubes at craft stores to create the ABCDEF die or use labels to cover the faces of a regular die.

Download the directions, game mat and recording sheet for the Clean up the Money game.
See more Mathwire Money Games.


  1. You really have great ideas for math! Thank you for the downloads!

  2. You can also do this with two different coloured dice, say one red and one green, so you don't have to go to the trouble of making an ABC block! If you have coins from different countries, you can also add an activity of calculating the value in your own currency at the end, for higher level students. It can be fun with M&Ms too!

  3. There is an M&M coordinate pair game on Mathwire. Be sure to check out the Grab the Candy Game for an M&M version that's perfect for fall parties and game days.

  4. Just found you, but I'm glad I did. Thanks for the fantastic ideas.