Work on money skills, visual discrimination, visual closure, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, counting change, play exploration and participation
In the box: 30 two-piece puzzles (60 pieces total)
Money is another kid-friendly educational tool in a line of Match-It puzzles from The Learning Journey. Each puzzle is made up of two pieces and pieces will not fit together if it is an incorrect match (self-correcting). Each puzzle piece has either a tab or a blank on one side, and the other three sides are straight. The pieces are thicker than your average jigsaw puzzle piece and a completed puzzle (two pieces) measures approximately 3" X 6". There are six puzzles that are $1 and change but there are no bills pictured, only change. The rest of the puzzles are below $1 (see examples on box above). Tip: It is easier to add up coins on the coin side and flip through the pictures looking for the match than it is to choose a picture and look for the matching coins, adding coins over and over again as you look at each piece.
- Have change nearby and count out exact change after completing a puzzle.
- Have change nearby and count out change using different coins after completing a puzzle, such as three dimes instead of the quarter and nickel that are pictured.
- Pick up coins while counting, squirreling each coin into the palm and holding them all in one hand.
- Put the correct change in the individuals hand and ask him to count it out onto the table, moving one coin at a time to the fingertips before dropping.
- Sort a number of coins into a row, tails-down. Ask the individual to turn all coins heads up. Pick each coin off the flat surface and turn in one hand before replacing in the line.
- Have change nearby and ask the individual to choose an item he would like to save for. Ask him to pick up the coins that he will need, one at a time, and squirrel them in the palm. Then ask him to place them one at a time in a piggy bank. Emphasize the importance of saving.
- Place the pieces at different angles on the table. After the individual picks up a piece, ask him to turn it in-hand to put it in the correct orientation.
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