Counting money bilingual activities for kids

Counting money bilingual activities use different types of approaches to learning money value. For young bilingual learners, you can introduce the value of coins and a one-dollar bill.

In this way, they can get familiar with the value of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and a dollar bill. As you build the foundation of money learning, they’ll be ready to take on deeper math money concepts later on. 

Teaching Kids About Money

Children understand the exchange of money when they know how to decompose numbers and understand place value. Usually, in second grade, bilingual learners will study the value of objects and how much they cost.

Then, they can make sense of money exchange. However, an introduction to the money value of coins and a one-dollar bill is a good starting point. By using interactive activities, you can create a simple lesson to introduce money.

Counting Money Bilingual Activities

Teaching money value is the essential part of learning about money. By counting money in bilingual activities, you can create lessons that your bilingual learners will enjoy.

For instance, use sorting or board games to identify coin values. You can also use graphing and counting principles to deepen students’ understanding of coin and dollar bill values. 

counting money bilingual activities


  • Free counting money cube and games
  • Construction paper or card-stock paper
  • Counting markers
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
    • Optional: penny, nickel, dime, quarter coins and one-dollar bills


  • Print the money cube template and the money game activities. 
  • Cut along the lines to make the money cube. 
  • Fold along the lines and paste the tabs. 
  • Cut and paste the money game worksheets on construction paper.
    • Optional: Use a sheet protector or pocket sheet with a dry erase marker.
  • Roll the money cube to identify each coin or dollar bill. 
  • Use the data set for your graph and table.
  • Roll the money cube for the money game. 

Creating Graphs for Money Learning

When you use the money cube, you ask bilingual learners to identify each coin or bill. Then, you can make markings on the chart and graph.

  • As you complete the graph, you can also ask children to count the number of markings.
  • Next, you can compare each coin. Which type of coin do you have the most of?
  • Did you roll a penny more than a quarter?
  • Also, you can use actual coins as markers when you roll the money cube.
  • Then, you might ask your bilingual learners to identify the number of coins.
  • In this activity, learning about money combines effortlessly with number sense.

In addition to number sense, your bilingual learners can also implement graphing with a simple comparison of coin values. 

Fun Money Games for Bilingual Learners

Another way to use the money cube is with a fun board game. Roll the money cube and identify several parts: money value, question, or move. Similar to a board game, you can use this idea here too.

For example, if your bilingual learner lands on a coin, you can ask what type of coin it is or value. Another way to use this idea is to ask comparison of values or number sense.

Watch the video for more ideas to use the money game as an interactive learning activity. There are other money learning hands-on activities that you can implement.

For instance, you can use money bags, coin toss, sale dramatic play, and sorting as activities. 

In conclusion, counting money bilingual activities can consist of many different ways to introduce coin or bill value. Identifying these values in coins and a dollar bill for young bilingual learners is the beginning of understanding deeper math concepts later on.

Some of those math concepts might include money exchange, number composition and decomposition, and data analysis.