Everyone needs to understand the value of money and learn to use it wisely.
During a Kindergarten 2 Maths activity on the concept of ‘Money’, the class was transformed into a mini convenience store where the children had the opportunity to role-play as a shopkeeper and a customer. The objective of this hands-on, role-playing activity was to allow children the experience of shopping on their own and understanding the concept of tendering amounts and giving change.
Before the activity, the class got into a discussion on the shopping trips they’ve had with their parents and their understanding of pricing and payment. Next, we revised number bonds using dollars and cents. For example, 2 fifty-cents make up $1 and 5 twenty-cents make up $1. Lastly, children and teacher decided on the various items we should put up on sale in our make-believe shop and figured out their estimated cost . With everything set up, it’s time for the children to role-play!
At the end of the activity, the teacher rounded up the children to ask questions such as: “What happens if you give the shopkeeper too much money? If the item costs $1.50 and you give the shopkeeper $5, it that too much? Should the shopkeeper keep the $5? If not, what should the shopkeeper do?” This helps the children think through and reflect on the many different scenarios that may arise from purchasing in real-life scenarios. Given the broad smiles and laughter filling the room, this activity proved to be an effective and entertaining way to allow children to gain a better understanding of the concept of ‘Money’!