We have been playing the Money Exchange Game at home lately. Bean is extremely interested in money lately, so I made this little activity. We play this at school, and she has a computer game by Everyday Math just like this. If you have used the Golden Bead Exchange Game before, it's very similar. The object of the game is to get to $1. Each player rolls the dice and gets that amount in cents. The exchange comes into play when there is more than 5 pennies, it gets exchanged for a nickle. 2 nickels, 1 dime. 2 dimes and a nickle, 1 quarter. 4 quarters = $1. We play until all players have gotten to $1 to tone down any competitiveness. We also talk about how this is a game of chance, not skill. Getting to the dollar first is just that, not winning. If you can carry a pair of dice in your bag, you can play this game anywhere. Imagine that!
|She rolls a 7, takes a nickle and two pennies.|
|She rolls a 10, gets a dime.|
|She rolls a 5, and needs to exchange her pennies for a nickle.|
|Two nickles, will become a dime.|
|Fast forward a bit.....she exchanges all the way up to 4 quarters. To one dollar. FUN!|