Spare Change

Teach your child about money with this fun and easy Spare Change game.


  • 15 to 20 minutes


  • Pennies, nickels and dimes
  • Pair of dice


  1. By using spare change, you can foster money awareness as well as concentration. Take turns rolling one die.
  2. With each roll, a player collects the number of pennies that they rolled on the die.
  3. As 5 pennies are collected, the player can turn them in for a nickel. Nickels are turned into dimes, etc.
  4. The player reaching a predetermined amount first wins.


  • With an older child, increase the total amount needed to win.
  • Add quarters and dollar bills to the mix.


Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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