Money always seems to be such a difficult concept for primary students, and if I’m being completely honest, I usually tend to dread teaching it. However, this year the iPads have helped make our money centers much more engaging and interactive, and my students are really starting to grasp the tough money concepts. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite FREE apps for money practice.
Amazing Coin offers several interactive games dealing with identifying and counting coins, making change, and money patterns. My students especially love the rewards that allow them to buy food in the store.
Coin Crash is a fast-paced game that requires students to flick coins up to reach the specified amount. The levels get progressively harder and faster, but they can use bombs to keep the coins from growing out of control. If the coins reach the top, then it’s game over!
My students love Coin Catcher Lite because they have to actually tilt their iPad to catch the specified coins. There are ten exciting levels they must beat in order to save the princess.
For Lil’ Kitten Shopping Cart, students search through aisles of a grocery store to get specified items on a grocery list. They get to practice real-life skills such as budgeting and saving money with this app.
Tiny Chicken Learns Currency: Farmer’s Market is a great app for practicing making change. It gets progressively harder as the children get the change amounts correct. This app is perfect for keeping your higher students engaged and challenged.
In addition to these apps, we used our iPads to get up and moving around the classroom with a QR code scavenger hunt and an I Spy activity.
I whipped up some money centers with QR codes so that my students would have some engaging center activities to do independently. I love that my students can get immediate feedback by scanning the QR codes while I’m busy working with guided groups.
Click here or the image below to check out my QRazy for Coins pack on TpT.