I love crafts that are not only fun, but educational. This Fill Your Pot of Gold activity is something fun that the kids can make AND play! Kid will learn about counting money as they fill their pot of gold.
Fill Your Pot O’ Gold – St Patrick’s Day Activity
The holidays are a fun time for holiday-specific crafts and activities. This St Patrick’s Day activity helps kids learn how to count change as they fill up their pot o’ gold.
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How to Make a Pot of Gold Game
- Green and Yellow Construction Paper
- Black and White Craft Foam
- A small plastic cup or planter
- A Variety of Coins
- Glitter Glue
Start by cutting a “pot’ shape from the black craft foam. Glue it to the front of the cup or planter (we used a black planter cup). You can cut out a second one for the back, but it is not necesary. Let dry.
Cut an envelope or “pocket” shape from the white craft foam. Staple it onto the front of the green
construction paper, leaving an opening at the top.
Draw a shamrock and any other decorations you want with the glitter glue.
Fold the piece of yellow construction paper multiple times, cut out a circle. This will give you a whole bunch of yellow circles from just one cut!
Use the marker to draw different “cent” amounts on each coin. Place the coins in the pocket on the
Have a handful of real coins available. Make sure to have a good variety of quarters, dimes, nickels &
Each child will take a turn picking a gold coin from the pocket, then making that amount in change.
If they are correct, they can add it to their pot!
For example- Jane picks a gold coin, it has 13¢ written on it. Jane will now figure out how to make 13¢
from the coins available. 1 dime, 3 pennies. She is correct! So Jane will add the coins to her pot.
Allow the children to keep the change or play for fun. Maybe set a dollar amount such as, whoever
makes it to $2 first wins! OR just use it as a learning tool, everyone wins.
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Shirley Wood says
Such a great learning activity which makes learning fun. Shared on my G+ today. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.
Thanks so much for sharing it. We love fun learning activities.
Cute Game! My kids are always wanting to play with the money in their piggy banks. Great way to teach kids the value of each coin in a fun way.
Thanks so much! My boys loved getting to keep the change. 😉