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Nickel and Dime Skip Counting Math

Second grade math.  It can be a complicated thing for kids.  Second grade math moves along fast.  We're in our third week of school and my second grader is moving right along!  We made this nickel and dime coin activity for our Second Grade Math series.  This week's theme is money and we used coins in conjunction with the skip counting that my second grader is doing at school this week.  It was fun to show her how skip counting by 5's and 10's is used in real-world applications like counting coins.

Nickel and Dime Skip Counting by 5's and 10's Math Activity

This post contains affiliate links.  Counting and playing with coins is an excellent fine motor activity.  We've shared a coin activity for kids before.  For this skip counting activity, we used our Play Money Set only because we had it.  You can do this math activity using real coins.

To start, we practiced naming and sorting coins.  I had my second grader sort the nickels and dimes for this activity.  She is working on skip counting by 5's and 10's (both forward and backward) to and from 1,000.  So, skip counting out our nickel and dime coins was a great way for her to see how skip counting is used in real life.

To practice skip counting the coins, I created this Coin Skip Count printable sheet.  You can get the printable worksheet for FREE here.  Next, use small post-it notes to write different amounts of change.  Stick the notes along the left side of the worksheet.  You could also write directly on the sheet, but I wanted to save on ink and only print one page for many coin-counting trials.

Show your child how nickels add up in increments of 5 and practice skip counting by 5's to reach the amount on the page.  Then, add up dimes and practice skip counting by 10's to reach the numbers.

Alternate activities:
• Practice skip counting down from 100 by subtracting coins to reach the number listed.
• Add up coins to beyond one dollar.

Or, if you are looking for more second grade money activities, see what the others on the Second Grade Bloggers team have come up with this week:

Chemical Reactions with Pennies from Creative Family Fun
Money Activities for Second Grade from Look! We're Learning!
Money Math Problems for 1st-3rd Grade from Planet Smarty Pants
Counting Coins Scavenger Hunt from School Time Snippets
Skip counting nickels and dimes from Sugar Aunts

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