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The object of this game is to get all the nickels you can. You will need a handful of nickel and six pennies for each player and one die. Explain that 5 pennies make a nickel. It may be necessary to draw a picture of this concept and place it in front of your child. (A rubbing of each coin works well, rub the pennies in brown and the nickel in silver.) Put an equal sign between the two and explain that this means "the same as" or "equal to". To play role the die and take the same number of pennies as the number you roll. Each player counts his pennies as they places them on his money picture. When a player has enough pennies to trade for a nickel he must trade his pennies in that turn. Make the game more challenging by adding dimes, then quarters and your child understands each coin's value.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|