Each student needs a bag of coins, a game board and a die. Each takes turns rolling the die and adding that number of pennies to the game board. At each turn they must tell the other how much money they have on their board. They may make trades to move across the board. The winner is the first to make a dollar.
Activity Mom found this money activity to help kids understand coin value. I'm not sure who created it? If you know, give a shout out! Kids add up coins to reach one dollar in this math game, great for visual learners. Click to download!
Here is an idea for a fun classroom activity that you can also leave behind at your math centers afterwards. Just get some good quality paper plates, glue some coins onto them, and then write the total values onto the bottom of each plate. With my K4 kids, I would limit the combinations of coins.