Coin Identification Money Mazes
Kids love to learn about money, but it can often be tricky to keep the coins straight. These coin identification money mazes challenge students to pick out the correct coins and reveal the maze path from top to bottom.
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To prep this activity, I printed out the four different mazes for each of my students. To save paper, I printed them on both the front and back.
I gathered my first graders on the carpet and I called on a student to come up and grab any coin from my pile. I asked them what coin it was and how much it was worth. Then we even zoomed in on it with our classroom document camera! We checked out both sides and made a few observations.
I repeated this process until we had looked at all four coins.
Since this wasn’t our first time working with coins, I simply showed the money mazes to my students and explained that they should only color in the specific coin stated in the directions. I also added that they should be on the lookout for both sides of the coin so that their mazes would connect.
Next, I laid out our fake U.S. coins and called students up one at a time to grab a paper of their choice, and a few coins to help them. I asked my students to just start with one of the money maze papers since they were double-sided, and then I told my kids that they could take the other sheet home to do with their families.
My students headed to our classroom tables and got right to work!
Most of my students colored in the coins their natural colors of silver and copper, but I didn’t restrict any of my first graders from making their coins pink, orange, or blue. My kiddos had coins in their hands to help them along, so I wasn’t worried about it!
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