My preschooler struggled with counting to 10. Those upper numbers just could not seem to go in order! She also did not yet recognize the numerals, and could not quite comprehend 1-to-1 correspondence. But, she loves hands-on fun, so I decided to make her activity mats for counting with gold coins to practice number concepts.

With our gold coins and activity mats, we practice understanding basic number concepts: counting in order, one-on-one correspondence, and number and numeral recognition.

Gold Counting Coins Printable

In our activity mats, the gold coins are in a pot at the end of the rainbow. Two little leprechaun friends are on the other side of the rainbow. My daughter loves rainbows, and she loves the shiny coins we found!

We practiced taking a number card (I made them from 1 to 10) and putting that number of coins in the pot of gold.

We used gold coins to practice counting up to a number from 1 to 10.

My daughter found this quite difficult with the higher numbers, but she could easily do it for the lower ones! I also made mat with the coins already in the pot and the numbers already printed in the square. This helped Strawberry with one-on-one correspondence.

St. Patrick’s Day Gold Coin Ten Frames

I also made ten frames. Some of them have just 1, 2, 3, etc. squares with coins. Other have all ten frames filled with a coin and the numeral written on top of it. With those, Strawberry lined the coins up on the frame and counted up to 10 as she did so.

We counted to 10 as we placed coins on the ten frame.

We even tried a simple dice game together, where we roll a number and add that number of coins to the ten frame. When she got to 10, she won. This is basic addition practice as well, although for her it was just a gold coin game!

After I took these pictures, I laminated the blank mat. Now I’m going to put real money on the pot and have my older count it up and write the numbers with dry erase markers! This makes it a nice little addition to his math practice as well.

We had fun with these activities. What would you do with a pot of gold like this? I have a feeling Strawberry may be putting the gold coins in to her purse for a shopping game next!

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Want more ideas on using play money of different kinds in your classroom or homeschool? See the posts below!

Here are some AMAZING ideas, printables, and activities for using with toy money.
Coin Counting Game from Still Playing School

Coin Preschool Letter Worksheets from Learning 2 Walk

Counting with Gold Coins from Line Upon Line Learning

Money Grid Game from School Time Snippets

Simple Coin Sorting Activity for Kids from Something 2 Offer

Gold in the Rainbow Discovery Bin from Play & Learn Everyday

Fill the Piggy Bank – A Money Game for Kids from The Kindergarten Connection

Teaching Kids How to Count Change with Money from Sugar Aunts

Design a Coin from Schooling a Monkey

Coin Flip Ten Frame Activity from Lalymom

Coin Matching Spin Cover Game from Life Over C’s

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