These printable money worksheets feature realistic coins and bills in problems for identifying coins, making change, counting coins, comparing amounts of money. They build foundational recognition and counting skills in Kindergarten and first grade to prepare for full money practice necessary to pass second grade.
Guide to the Money Worksheets
These free printable PDF money worksheets cover topics appropriate for early grade kids who are learning how to identify, count and compare physical money. As much as we think credit cards or digital transactions are becoming the new norm, the concept of money is best introduced to first and second grade students in a tangible form. These worksheets introduce several common money exercises, and they work well with the realistic printable money maniipulatives for hands-on exercises.
Learning Money Recognition Skills in Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a great time to introduce physical money and begin working on identification of coins and bills. The printable play money on this page also makes for a great scissor exercise, and the resulting paper currency can be used in games or imaginary play activities. Looking to replace that Monopoly money with something more educational? Try it out!
Counting Coins and Bills in First Grade
Starting in first grade, students should be able to not only identify denominations of coins, but also perform simple addition of coins and bills. First grade students may struggle still with combining whole dollars and cents (decimal arithmetic), but there are variations of the worksheets with counting coins only and counting money (bills) only that can ease this transition. From there, worksheets with coins and bills, including comparing money, are great practice for more advanced students
Making Change in Second Grade and Third Grade
Students in second and third grades should be very comfortable recognizing specific coins and bills, and they should know exactly what monetary value they correspond to.
These students should also be able to calculate the decimal value of combinations of coins and bills readily, and even start to make their own combinations of money from a decimal representation. The making change worksheets combine these concepts with simple decimal subtraction of monetary values.
Once students have reached this level of proficiency, they should feel comfortable tackling larger problems including exercises with $20, $50 and $100 bills.