There are two things Little A loves right now: using a spray bottle and coins. I thought I’d switch up the window cleaning she usually asks to do and use this time to learn about money. My low windows were cleaned the other night so we were good in that department.
I also like to find activities that don’t take any artistic “talent” from me because its too much pressure for me. I am craft-phobic.
But lets go back to Little A’s money cleaning. She is learning what coins look like… what is a toonie, a loonie, a quarter, a dime, a nickel and a penny.
I emptied some change onto her table and Little A got to choose which one she wanted to “clean” first.
I let Little A figure out how she wanted to play this game. I think it is important to let her create her own play, I want to encourage her to think/create on her own. Oh who am I kidding -I had no real idea how how I was going to have this time play out. So I told her to clean one at a time so we could talk about it. How she cleaned it was up to her.
She started with a wipe and laid it out on the table, then squirted the heck out of it.
Next she picked out a coin and laid it on the wipe then folded the wipe over and over in a precise manner, well as precise as a two year old can. She obviously had a plan, glad someone did.
The next step was letting her clean it however she wanted. Happy as a bee!
After that we looked at the money and what each side was so she’d recall what a ship was or what a beaver, or loon etc. Little A enjoyed when she got the coins correct.
It was an easy little lesson on money without feeling like I was a tiger mom and pushing learning on her. Maybe she’ll take an interest in coins and be able to hang out with her djudgi (my dad) as he’s a collector.