Race to a Quarter math game! This helps children make connections that 5 pennies= 1 nickel, 2 nickels= 1 dime, etc... Each student has a gameboard and there is one student in each group that is the banker. Students roll dice and collect coins from the banker and keep making trades until they get one quarter!
Money Mania Lesson Plan from Lakeshore Learning: Children solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies! Covers Common Core State Standards in math/measurement and data for grades 1–2.
Math Coach's Corner: Making Connections. Show the nickel card and students go around the circle counting by 5s. At some point in the circle, switch the card to the penny card and then next student switches over to counting by 1s. I would recommend starting slowly with the coins--maybe counting by 5s (nickels) and then switching to 1s (pennies)--and gradually build up over time to switching from quarters to dimes to nickels and pennies.
Do you play Race to a Dollar? I do, but with a different board. This post includes boards for Race to a Dime, Race to a Quarter, Race to a Dollar and Race to Twenty Dollars! Great resources for differentiation.
Coin Grab: fill a little cloth bag with an assortment of coins (you could also fill a paper lunch bag or little purse). Students take turns pull out a coin and graph it on their sheet. They do not grab a whole handful of coins at once-this is important to explain. Once they reach the top of their graph with one of the coins, the child stops and records how many of each coin they had on the bottom of the recording sheet.