Jelly Beans For Sale - Counting Money

The book Jelly Beans for Sale by Bruce McMillan is an excellent companion for introducing counting money to children. In the book jelly beans are sold for 1 cent each. More and more jelly beans are sold together until 25 are sold. Then several different combinations of money are given to pay for the 25 jelly beans being purchased.

Counting money is a fun skill for young children to work on. It's always a shock when they learn dimes are worth more than nickels, and they can trade 1 quarter and receive 25 pennies. This book is a great way to learn different ways to count to 25 with coins, and if you buy a bag a jelly beans to go with it, the activity would be hard to beat.

My daughter and I recently got this book and the change container out. We separated the coins into four piles, pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, then counted the money in each pile. Next we made piles of equivalent amounts, and followed up the activity with the story.

There are lots more hands-on math activities on my Math Page, so be sure to visit.

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  1. We are just starting to talk about money at my house. I will have to look for this book!

    I will be linking this post to the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page on Sunday!

    1. Maybe the library will have it? Every time you link to Facebook I find the post and click the like button. Thank you for doing that. It must be a lot of work.

  2. I love living math books, and this is one we haven't read and don't own. Thanks for sharing it at RAT!

  3. Thanks for the awesome recommendation. I can't wait to use it.

  4. My 6 year old loves counting money - it's interesting to see how the concepts move from tentative to firmly grasped. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing with The Children's Bookshelf!


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