Easy Ways to Cut Down on Car Ownership Costs as a Mom

Cut Down on Car Ownership Costs

Easy Ways to Cut Down on Car Ownership Costs as a Mom It's official, I feel like a taxi driver for my kids! I am in the car A LOT driving the kids to various activities. I'm thankful for this time in the car together, but doing so much driving can be expensive. Not just because we are buying meals on the go and filling up on gas, but also because your vehicle can be a … [Read more...]

Turn Your Box Tops into a Dollar

Box Tops for Education

Recently, I shared my love for Box Tops for Education and my commitment to helping my children experience giving back to their school and their community. It is easy to collect Box Tops and exciting to give them to your school ($0.10 EACH! That adds up!). They have gotten great at hunting for the Box Tops and are proud to turn them in at school, but I needed a way … [Read more...]

Penny Roll and Tally Game

Penny Roll and Tally Game

My six year old is really excited by math these days. She came home from school talking about tally marks, which they had just learned. We put together an easy game that is super fun to play. My four year old keeps requesting it…maybe that’s because she won the first round? All you need is 20 pennies, a die, and a partner. I decided to use real pennies, as a way to … [Read more...]

Coin War Money Game

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We've sorted coins, found out how many are in a dollar, and now we are playing a Coin War Money Game! How to Play Coin War Money Game: *Start with the same amount of coins in two different cups (one cup for each player). The coins we used for each player are pictured above (totally random). Start with a small number of coins so your first game doesn't take too … [Read more...]

Allowance

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Do you give your kids chores? Do they earn an allowance or are they paid on commission? There are many viewpoints and opinions about these issues. Some people believe children should do chores just to help their family and not to earn money. Others believe children need to earn money to learn lessons on spending and saving at a young age where the risk isn't so … [Read more...]

Grocery Store Learning Activities

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Shopping with kids isn't my all time favorite thing to do. But if I must, you bet that I'm going to sneak in some learning fun for all. Here are my favorite grocery store learning activities.  TODDLER/PRESCHOOL My favorite section of the grocery store to teach my toddler in is the produce section.  There are so many opportunities for learning there.  The skills that I've … [Read more...]

Talking about Money with Kids

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B (almost 5) has been making a lot of discoveries and asking a lot of questions about money. We've sorted coins, found out how many are in a dollar, and of course saved and spent money, but what about talking about money with kids?   All of this has led to him asking a lot of questions lately like,  "If it's only a dollar, how come they are asking for $1.08?" or … [Read more...]

Money War – Coins

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We've sorted coins, found out how many are in a dollar, and now we are playing Money War! How to Play: *Start with the same coins in two different cups (one cup for each player). The coins we used for each player are pictured above (totally random). *Then play the game just like war. Without looking, pick a coin from your cup and put it on the table. Whoever has the … [Read more...]

How Many in a Dollar?

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How many in a dollar? That is a tricky question for young children. Here is a printable to help visualize this concept. Yesterday we sorted coins so I decided to help B figure out how many of each coin are in a dollar. I created this How Many in a Dollar printable and it worked great! Just print and sort the quarters, nickels, and dimes onto the dollars. The … [Read more...]

Sorting Coins

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B has been really interested in money lately and I'm anxious for him to learn about it. We started with just sorting coins and talking about them. We took them out of his bank to sort which added some excitement and counted them after we were done sorting. You can print these coin cards to use for sorting at Counting Coconuts. Other Ideas: Compare and sort by … [Read more...]

Saving & Spending

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Awhile ago, I made spice jar piggie banks to teach B about the different coins, but I still needed something bigger for him to keep his money in and to talk about saving and spending so I used these formula cans. I covered them with paper and let B decorate them. We talked about the difference between saving and spending and I wasn't sure he really knew what I was … [Read more...]

Spice Jar Piggie Banks (Printable)

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I saw this tutorial and printable at Giver's Log that helps you create spice jar piggie banks. photo courtesy of Giver's Log So I decided to make 4 banks in hopes of teaching B about the size and value of each coin. I used Modge Podge to put the label on and I put a piece of the left over label on the lid (also with modge podge) with a circle traced on it that is the … [Read more...]