In case you haven’t noticed, we LOVE learning about geography in our homeschool. We enjoy reading about other countries and cultures, speaking other languages and even trying food from countries around the world. Here are four lessons we did as we learned about coins from around the world.
Little Passports “World Coin Collection”
For all four lessons, we used the new Little Passports World Coin Collection! It has 20 real coins from around the world, such as a centavo from Argentina and a kopek from Russia! This kit also includes a handy storage pouch, a magnifying glass and a 10-page booklet featuring fun coin activities and trivia. The lessons can be done back to back or they can be spaced out as desired. I love leaving the materials out for a few weeks so he can practice and revisit the activities as he pleases. You can order yours here!
For this lesson, we used a map we had from our Little Passports World Edition subscription (you may also like this one) and the free printable “Countries by Continent” card (find at the end of this post). We went down the list by continents and found each country on the map. We used glass beads to keep our place at each of the 20 countries. By the way, these 20 countries coincide with the 20 coins of the world we got in our Little Passports World Coin Collection.
Locating Countries and Matching Coins Lesson
For this lesson, we used the Little Passports World Coin Collection to match the coins to the countries they are from. The sealed baggies the coins are in say where they are from, so I decided to keep the coins in the baggies. We will eventually learn where they are from them well enough to know where they are from without the baggie telling us. Since this was an introductory lesson with the coins from around the world, I left them in the baggies and it helped.
Coins from Around the World Lesson
Next, Brother filled out this awesome 10-page activity booklet that came with the World Coin Collection. It has activities like spotting the differences between coins that look alike, coin rubbing on paper, design your own coin, true and false quiz and so much more. This was such a fun learning lesson for Brother because he used his magnifying glass (included in the World Coin Collection) to notice details and spot differences in coins.
Coin Matching and Sorting Lesson (3-part cards)
I got inspired by the little Passports World Coin Collection to make a sweet of printables. You can use them several ways. One way is to use them as 3-part cards. Here is a post that shows you how 3-part cards work and how to set them up.
Another way is the way we used them for this particular lesson. I printed the set of coin card twice. I cut one set, separating the coin image and the coin name. The second set was the “answer key.”
I laid out the answer key sheets on the table and he took his time matching the coin cards (putting them on top of the answer key) and then the coin names.
Free Coin 3-Part Cards and Countries by Continent Chart Printables
First, you will find the chart below to use as the answer key and to practice learning in which continent the 20 countries are located. Then, you will see the cards for the 20 coins from the World Coin Collection. Follow the instruction for the 3-part cards, if you wish to use them like that. Enjoy!
Get your free printables here! Coins from Around the World