Counting Money Worksheets for 1st and 2nd Grade

Kids enjoy learning how to count money, and this skill can usually start being developed in 1st and 2nd grade. Because young learners are so visual, it’s important to start using real examples before starting with worksheets. For example, you might place some loose change on the kitchen table and start with some simple games. For example, “This is a nickel, and a nickel is equal to five pennies. Let’s count to five!” Get more advanced as you practice with your child and ask them to “buy” something from you for 10 cents, etc.

Worksheets (all activites are free, printable PDFs)

Counting Money Worksheets. Just click on the worksheet link below to open

Counting Coins

In this worksheet, students will answer the question, “how much money do you have?” and count the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, adding the sum in the blank. In the second counting money activity, your student will decide how many of each coin is needed to make up a specific amount.

Counting Change

In this counting money worksheet, students will add coins to decide how much money there is. The activity includes pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. The second part of the worksheet asks the student to add the amounts from words, and not pictures. For example, “2 dimes, 2 nickels and 3 pennies = _______”

Counting Bills and Coins

How much money Do You Have? In this counting coins activity, students will count their bills AND coins to determine how much money they have. The activity includes 1,5,10 and 20 dollar bills. The second part of the activity asks the student to write which bills and which coins are needed to make the amount listed.

Counting Different Coins to Get the Same Amount

Coins can be combined in different ways to make the same amount. For example, two dimes and a nickel equal one quarter. In part 1, for each set of coins, the student will circle the set of coins that is the same amount. In part 2, the student will find another way to make the same amount for each set of coins without using more than 10 pennies on any answer.

Making Change with Coins and Bills

In this money counting activity, your student will answer the word problem set around real-life examples. For example, “At the toy store, Lisa and Kevin bought a ball for $3.64. They gave the cashier $5.00. What change should they get back?”. In the second part of the activity, your student will pretend they are a cashier at a store and they will write the change they would give back to the customer. Playing grocery store is a great way to teach about counting money and your 1st and 2nd grader will enjoy any kinds of games you can create around the house.

Making Change with Coins

In this money counting activity, your student will choose one of four possible answers for worksheet questions like this one: “Albert bought a pencil that cost 22¢. He gave the cashier three dimes. What change did he get back? The second part of the worksheet asks the student to pretend they are a cashier and have to decide how much change in coins they need to give back.