Coin Spot

Find and learn all about Canadian coins with Carney the Cat!

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While Playing: 
  • Sit with your child while playing Coin Spot; either with your child on your lap, or close to you
  • Take turns trying to find the hidden coins, chatting while you do so, for example, "I wonder if the quarter is hiding behind the horn?"
  • Once you find the coin and see the label come up on the screen, say it out loud with your child
  • Reiterate the learning that is happening by repeating what Carney the Cat is saying
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing Coin Spot is a great way for your child to learn all about Canadian coins. This game helps your child meet the following expectations of the Ontario Kindergarten Program:


NS1. Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships

NS1.10 Explore different Canadian coins, using coin manipulatives (e.g., role-play the purchasing of items at the store at the dramatic play centre; determine which coins will purchase more- a loonie or a quarter)


At-Home Activities: 
  • The best way for your child to have an understanding of coins is by using them. Go shopping with your child, allowing him/her to be an active participant in the shopping experience. Perhaps you have different labelled bags for the coins. This way you can make your child in charge of specific coins. For example, on one visit to the store your child can be in charge of the pennies and the loonies, and on another visit, he/she can be in charge of the dimes and toonies. When it comes time for paying with the coins, have dialogue with your child. For example, "We need 5 cents. You have the pennies. How many pennies do I need to make 5 cents?" (You may want to make sure there isn't a huge line-up behind you, beforehand.)
  • Play store at home using real money and real objects! This is a fun way for your child to become experienced with the different coins, their attributes and their value.
  • Keep a piggybank in your child's room, and encourage your child to count the coins once a month. Count together. Make sure to pile the same coins together, and count the coins once they are sorted.