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Cute Pet Shop Coin Game – Free Printable

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Jenn over at Finally in First made a fabulous game a few years ago called the Pet Shop Coin Game.

We used the cards and the spinner I shared last week to play some games that my girls just loved! First, we each chose two pets to we wanted to “buy.” We took turns spinning the spinner and collecting coins. We added them up as we went, making sure we had enough for our animals. We played cooperatively (not as a competitive game) – sharing coins when we needed them. ED and I played this several times last week.

When DD joined us I brought out $1.00 bills.  ED chose a pet to buy and handed DD a $1. Then DD made change for ED. This was more complicated when ED bought several items. ED had to count the change to make sure she got back the right amount of change. When DD accidentally handed back too much, we had a great conversation about why you need to return the money and tell them they handed back too much change. :)

Here are some of the things the girls could “buy” in Jenn’s Pet Shop Coin Game (dogs, cats, birds, snakes, pet food, aquariums and more).


We used the spinner I shared last week, but Jenn also has a printable die that you can make if you print it out on cardstock. Finally in First: Pet Shop Coin Game

You may be interested in this related post and free spinner printable: Minecraft Money Game: A Game for Counting Coins

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Fall Skip Counting Pages for 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s (Free)

Monday, November 10th, 2014

My daughter is working on skip counting. She enjoys doing these quick mazes and I thought I’d share them with you.  Some of them have characters on them, but I also included a few plain ones at the end so you can use them any time of the year.

With these pages, you can go in any direction – up, down, left, right and diagonally.

  Fall Skip Counting Pages for 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s 

 Hope someone finds these useful! ~Liesl


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Minecraft Money Game: A Game For Counting Coins

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

ED has been working on coins this fall. She’s doing pretty well and I thought I’d combine her growing coin-counting abilities with her love of Minecraft. In fact, this past weekend she did her very first sewing project on her own using the sewing machine — the creeper which is in the photo below!

Just print out the printable below on cardstock and place a paper clip on top. Fasten it down with a brad. I usually put a piece of tape on the back to help keep the brad up.

I brought out our big batch of coins for this activity and have her grab coins out of the bowl to help her count as we play.

Here are a couple of games we played:

Game One: Lowest Price Wins

Player One: Spin the spinner 5 times and add up the coins.

Player Two: Spin the spinner 5 times and add up the coins.

The player with the lowest amount gets to buy the creeper!

Game Two: Who can get closest to $1.00?

Players take turns spinning the spinner and adding up the coins.  Keep track of how much you have. The player that can get closest to one dollar wins the game!

Minecraft Money Game: A game for practicing counting coins

Somehow I didn’t get any pictures of those games in action, but I think you get the idea!

With younger kids you could use this spinner with the pig sheet, Bank On It or the 4 In a Row sheets, that I talked about last year. Just have them spin the spinner and place a coin on the pig to fill up their piggy bank! You can click on the photo or this link to see last year’s post Coins, Coins, Coins! to see what we did last year as ED was first starting to work with coins.

We played the games above earlier today — and even DD came in to join us! And even though the piggy bank game was on the easy side, ED enjoyed playing that as well.

 You may be interested in these math posts:

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Pre Algebra Resources We’re Using

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

This is just a quick post to update you on LD’s Pre Algebra work.  We are really very happy with the Art of Problem Solving: Pre Algebra. We set the timer for twenty minutes each day and LD and I read/go over the book together. I am really impressed with how clearly it explains (and proves) why various math properties work.  I suspect it will take us two years to go through the book, but the way it is written and laid out is really terrific. There is a solutions manual that goes along with this book.

LD really, really likes this book. Although he’s pretty good at math, he’s never been passionate about it like some kids are.  But this book is well written, packs in a lot of good information and is easy to follow.  He really enjoys sitting down to read/work on it.  That’s the most important endorsement, right? Straight from the kid’s mouths!

After our session together, LD has been using Khan Academy’s PreAlgebra videos.  LD really likes these lessons too.

So far, LD said the videos are really easy to follow, the problems are good and he likes that there are avatars to unlock as you go.

I know a lot of people use Algebra packets to go along with the Art of Problem Solving-PreAlgebra. I’ve opened these (free) worksheet packets and they really look useful. We may use them in the future.

So those two resources along with Math Reasoning (Level G) make for a really full math curriculum. (He’s in Grade 6.)  At the end of last year LD did the first few dozen pages of the Kelley-Wingate Pre-Algebra. The first dozen pages or so focus mainly on fractions and decimals. These are followed by problems with integers, etc.  Pretty soon, I’ll have him work through some of these problems as well (adding and subtracting integers and so forth).  There’s nothing fancy about the problems and little explanation for what you’re doing, but as a workbook I find it really useful for the 5th-7th grade level of math.

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Minecraft Themed Multiplication & Division Pages

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It probably won’t come as a big surprise that I made a few multiplication & division practice pages with the same Minecraft theme I shared earlier in the week!!  I had DD and LD fill out one of these pages (along with their other math work) last week. There are 6 pages (though I only took screen shots of two of them).

These are free to download if anyone else has a Minecraft fan in their household!

Minecraft Themed Multiplication and Division Pages(6 pages total)



You might be interested in some of the other math worksheets I’ve made for the kids.  For example, I made this Equivalent Fractions Pack I made for LD last year:

And I also made a geometry review pack:

Geometry Review Pack

But this post here as a LONG list of our free math worksheets: Math Worksheets, Game Boards, Lapbooks and More (all free).

Oh and also, here is the post with the Minecraft Addition and Subtraction pages I made for ED!

See you again soon here or at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.

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