Coin Recognition Bingo

Stamp Bingo-coin recognitionWe've had this idea in our heads for some time now but always wanted to do something a bit special with it.

Well, here it is a Coin Recognition bingo game, with a difference... what's the difference? A good dash of mathstick's quality!

 The resource consists of a series of Bingo Boards, each depicting nine stamps. The stamps show different monetary values, one of each coin.

stamp values and coin recognitionIn the first instance a Bingo Board could be used as a simple collecting, sorting and matching activity. With the children identifying a coin and matching it to its monetary value on the appropriate stamp.

As a Bingo game, however, each child should have a board and the group also need a selection of coins in a bag. If you are using the first set of four Bingo Boards you will need a collection of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins (the second set of boards needs 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins). The game then proceeds as follows:

  • The children take it in turns to select a coin at random from the bag, if the value of that coin appears on a stamp on their Bingo Board they can cover it with the coin.
  • The bag of coins is passed to the next person and play continues.
  • The winner is the first person to cover all of their coins.

If you wish you could let the children also play for a ‘line’ in which case they could win a point for covering stamps in a line of three in any direction, and win two points for completing the board. Other rules could easily be added, such as winning a point for covering all four corners of the grid.

Here's a game in progress - with a winning line!stamp values and coin recognition - maths teaching

We have found the game works best when the children are using actual coins, after all the focus is on coin recognition, and that recognition includes the feel of a real coin, the sharpness of the edges, the hardness of the metal. Plastic imitation coins fall far short of this. However, if you want to limit the number of real coins in use the children could return the coin to the bag once they have identified it and cover the relevant stamp with a counter.
 

Cheating?

Some children think others are cheating because they are feeling the coins in the bag rather than taking them out at random. However, as we have just outlined above, we don’t think of it as cheating; if a child is using touch to help them recognise the difference between a 2p and a 20p coin then they clearly have a good understanding of the differences between the coins and are developing quite a useful skill.

However, if you want to make the game truly random you could involve another child/adult as the official coin selector... or, do what we did, and give the children a woollen glove to wear!

The free 9-page pdf attachment (below) contains a short explanation and eight further pages of Bingo Boards: four using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins, and four more using 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins.

We hope you enjoy using this as much as we enjoyed designing and testing it. Please let us know by using the comment box below.

 

We have an additional version of this resource involving calcualtion and counting.

Coin recognition and counting


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This is just what I was

This is just what I was looking for, coins and stamps as we use  a post office theme for our maths area, the children will love to play it, thank you.
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missjacobs's picture

been trawling the web for

been trawling the web for something to engage my early years in coin recognition other than coin rubbing was beginning to despair so thanks!!
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Alex1974's picture

This will be used not only as

This will be used not only as a Maths activity but also as a setlling down morning session - My children love any type of bingo and next week we are doing money so many thanks
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 Brilliant as usual!

 Brilliant as usual!
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bonbonsc's picture

Looks great cant wait to use

Looks great cant wait to use it. Even my 17 said I love the 1p robot!
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JanJen72's picture

 Like the idea of using real

 Like the idea of using real coins as the mixture of old and new  tails side of coins can be confusing for the kids in my class.
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Like the idea of using real

Like the idea of using real coins.....if only I wasn't so skint just now ; )
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CatrionaH's picture

Such a fun way to encourage

Such a fun way to encourage coin recognition. Thanks for the tip about using real coins.
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FionaER25's picture

This looks fantastic, many

This looks fantastic, many thanks
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deanow's picture

Great resource, thank you.

Great resource, thank you. You could also use the stamps as part of a weighing activity. So, children weigh a parcel and use a table to decide how much it would cost to send their parcel to different countries. Then they find the stamps to match (as suggested above).
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johdu's picture

A great additional idea. I

A great additional idea. I like that. Thanks for sharing.
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  The Australian version

  The Australian version would work for the euro too (c).  We are still using it in Ireland  - well for the moment anyway!   Great resource - looking forward to using it.  
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johdu's picture

It is creeping to the top of

It is creeping to the top of our 'to do' list... Now we have the Olympic-sized dmaths resources published we can concentrate on all the other things we put to one side! We will be there soon.
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sam_j_89's picture

Just another vote for an

Just another vote for an Aussie version! Would love to use this with my little ones :)
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EmJa0310's picture

I was talking to a colleague

I was talking to a colleague about the problems that our Y2 children have with coin recognition only this morning.This may be just what we are looking for.
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johdu's picture

Good news. Call back to let

Good news. Call back to let us know how it works out. We have a follow-up version of this resource that takes the maths a little further. On it's way soon.
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npackham's picture

Another brilliant resource -

Another brilliant resource - simple and attractive! I might print and laminate a second set of bingo boards and cut out the stamps to use for problem solving where the children are given a letter or package and have to find different combinations of stamps that total the cost of postage.  
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johdu's picture

Hey, that's a wonderful idea.

Hey, that's a wonderful idea. We try to make our resources look as good as possible. Quality maths resources usually enhances the standard of the learning. However, we are very aware that anythign can be taken further. Great idea to 'reuse' the stamps on 'real' packages.
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Greg Potter's picture

A version of this with

A version of this with Australian coins would be great.  Australian stamps don't come in the same denominations as coins, so that aspect would have to change - perhaps 'c' on the stamps in place of the 'p'.   I can see this working well in the classroom - and good for building trust as well, with real coins being used.      
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nicolavb's picture

 Hi Greg, I'm glad you put

 Hi Greg, I'm glad you put this comment up, I would also love an Australian version - perhaps with 5cent, 10, cent, 20cent, 50cent, 1dollar and 2 dollar coins.  The stamps are very appealing and I know that the children would enjoy working with them - also linking into real life math connections.
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johdu's picture

I'm sure this is something we

I'm sure this is something we can work on quite soon. Just trying to find a little time!
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johdu's picture

Greg, thanks for the comment.

Greg, thanks for the comment. We have another version of this maths resource coming out in a short while. It is for the UK again - but with different value stamps - this new one may be more suited to what you need. I'm sure we can adapt it to suit Australian coins.

John

ps - great avatar!

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lucompass's picture

love it but I live in the

love it but I live in the USA My students are students with autism and ID. Can you adapt it to suit USA coins? Thanks    
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johdu's picture

Hi, thanks for the feedback.

Hi, thanks for the feedback. Yes, we are working on some alternative versions of this - very keen to get a US and an Australian version out there... but it may take a few weeks. So, watch this space.  
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