Money, money, money

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Use this most real of resources to boost numeracy understanding through independent and group activities.

Piggy bank

The reason that money can be such a powerful learning tool is that it has meaning for children. Children can ‘see the point’ to money; they can touch it, feel it, and count the money in their piggy banks. Because it is so tangible in everyday life, using money in your early years setting can be hugely motivating when it comes to getting children thinking carefully about number.


Having a role-play shop area can help to support what you do in teaching sessions as they’ll then go and practise and consolidate what they have learnt during their free play time. Use simple everyday items like books and toys and be careful to label them with prices that can be paid for with either one coin or two coins.


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