Help Build Math Skills: Money Cubes

This easy to assemble game teaches kids how to add simple sums of money up to a dollar. Expand your child's skill by eventually including cubes that represent amounts over a dollar as well.

What this activity will develop:
Math, art and social skills

What you'll need:
• Block of Styrofoam
• Utility knife
• Twelve peel-off dots
• Fine-tipped permanent marker

What to do:
1. Cut two cubes from the Styrofoam.

2. Print a money value on each peel-off label (for example, $.05, $10, $.25, $50, $.75, $1.00).

3. Place a label on each side of the cube.

Rules of play:
1. One person can play by rolling the cubes and adding up the values on the two sides that turn up.

2. Two or more players can take turns rolling the cubes and adding the sums on paper. A player who rolls a value that equals $1.00 gets an additional turn. Whoever has the highest sum of money after three rounds is the winner.

Use:
Set up a money center. Make a list of various money values. Players roll the cubes, add the values in their heads, and circle the sums on the list.

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