The Trading Game: Money Style

I was so excited for my Presidents Day long weekend!
Saturday was great! I got to meet Kelley from Buggy for Second
Grade and she is such a sweetheart!
I also happened to win her giveaway a few weeks ago and she
made me this lovely board for my classroom.
 She customized it to match my decor and everything!
Saturday evening I had a girls night with my 2 year old 
and we had fun riding the carousel at our local mall and shopping.

Then, Sunday I came down with sore throat, that turned to congestion,
that turned into a few days of a fever that won't go away! Boo!
So, most of my long weekend was spent being sicko but that's
how it goes, I guess :)
Since I'm stuck at home I thought I would finally update
you guys with a few new games I made.

The first is a money trading game, a lot like the
chip trading game I described here.

This game is VERY simple but powerful for the kids
because it helps them to make those 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 I select to be the banker.
I love using these chip trays to organize manipulatives!
Gotta love the Dollar Tree! :)
Students roll dice and collect coins from the banker
and keep making trades.
I call this game, "Race to a Quarter!"
The other game I made so my students could simply have
practice using coins to show different amounts.
It's called, "Piggy Race", because they are trying to
get to the piggy in the middle first to be the winner.

This game is also very simple, but I think that's how it
needs to be to work for all learners.
 You can find these games in my TpT store HERE
for $1.50 each.
The first 2 people to guess correctly what big game I'll be watching
on Saturday will win both of these!!!
hint: see this post
{don't forget to leave your email}
Have a fabulous week!



  1. Kansas City Jayhawks versus the Missouri Tigers Basketball Game:)

    1. Hope you still "won"~ the Jayhawks are a Kansas team...KC is in MO like Mizzu! LOL

    2. Actually, there is a KCKS AND a KCMO. However, most people would assume that when you just say KC, that you would be referring to KCMO because it is A LOT bigger.

  2. Sorry forgot my email


  3. Jayhawks versus Missouri....what else would a Kansas girl be watching?!


  4. oops! I just missed it! The Jayhawks! :-)

  5. Oooh noooo! I missed it! It looks great and I bet it is fantastic!!

    The First Grade Dream

  6. You are goint to be watching the Kansas Jayhawks!!

    The First Grade Dream

  7. I was going to guess the Kansas Jayhawks too! Cute games!!!

    2nd Grade Rocks!

  8. that turned out so cute!!
    kelley's frame...and all your stuff too! lol

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  9. We used something similar to this with special education students--the only thing we did differently was trace the coins in the columns--so they could see that needed to fill all of the spots in the column before they could trade.

    1. Great idea~ My son is a special ed Lifeskills teacher~ I'll pass this idea and your's along to him!!

  10. Hi - your ideas are great! Love your blog and I'm your newest follower. Come visit me sometime...I'm a newbie. :o)
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  11. Thank you so much for these great ideas. We are working on teaching our kids money and the way their school taught them didn't even make since to me. So, having these great tools should do just the trick.

  12. cute game Leanne~ We will be using this in the future with Josiah!

  13. Cute Game - This will really help with my second grader !! Thanks

  14. Great idea! I am always looking for ways for my students to practice their money skills.

  15. Great game! Easy and fun way for kids to learn. Thanks!

  16. Great game! My daughter isn't totally to the age yet, but this had a great jumping point for us. I shared it since we loved it sooo much (http://diy4mommies.blogspot.com/2012/09/learning-before-class-starts.html). Thank you!

  17. Ok, I just found your amazing blog today, and I am so excited! Thanks for sharing so many amazing ideas, Leanne!!!! WOW! I can't wait to look around some more!

    Sarah Cooley

    1. Uhh...THE Sarah Cooley!?!! Love your blog, I've been reading it for a while! So glad you found my little space on the web! :)


  18. What a fun idea! My girls are sooo into money for some reason. Hopefully this will give a bit more meaning to it! Thanks!!


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