Thanksgiving Money Activity

Activity for ages 6 to 8.

Kids will love buying food for their very own Thanksgiving feast!

This adorable and easy to prep activity is the perfect way for students to practice counting a collection of coins. Scroll down to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Thanksgiving Craftivity for more holiday fun!

Getting Ready

Prepping this activity was quick and easy!

I printed the Thanksgiving food tags and coins on white cardstock and then ran all the pieces through the laminator to ensure durability. I wanted to use the activity year after year.

Next, I cut along the solid black lines to separate the food tags and coins and placed all the pieces in a 4 x 6 photo box for easy storage.

Finally, I printed out the recording sheet for each child so students would be able to write the correct coin combinations.


Thanksgiving Money Activity

This activity was great to use as a small group activity! (I plan on adding it as an individual math center as well.)

To start, we reviewed the name and value of each coin. I put the pennies, nickels, and dimes in separate piles. We looked at the front and back of each coin and talked about the characteristics of each one.

Then I spread out the Thanksgiving food tags on the table and asked a volunteer to pick one of them.

He chose the pumpkin pie card which cost 14 cents.

He pulled together a dime and four pennies. 

I asked him to count the coins out loud, reminding him to start with the coin that had the greatest value.

He started with the dime and pointed to each coin as he counted on: “10, 11, 12, 13, 14… 14 cents!”

We worked through one more Thanksgiving tag as a group before I allowed the students to work on their own feast.

When all of the students had their food and coins matched, I gave each student a pencil and recording sheet.

The children drew in the coins next to each food by drawing circles and writing the value of each coin inside them. Then they wrote the total value off to the side.

Students loved selecting and buying items for their very own Thanksgiving feast!

Grab Your Set

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Then make sure to hop over and snag our I am Thankful Craftivity for even more seasonal fun!

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  1. Megan

    Super cute and very practical idea. However, just as with other downloads from this site, the pictures wind up with a black box behind them, obscuring part of the activity and wasting ink.

    • Ashley

      Hi Megan,
      Thank you so much for reaching out. I am sorry you are having trouble printing. We never want that.
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      Let me know if I can be of any further help.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador


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