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Coin sorting activity using herb jars.

For the last few weeks I have been searching for various activities that involve learning about money, something that was suitable for a preschooler but found it quite difficult to find a hands on activity that my son would find fun and engaging.

I created a money pack where my son had to cut and paste pennies into purses but this didn’t seem to interest him so much. I then created a penny counting game which he found a bit more exciting as he was now handling physical money.

While I was cooking I noticed a number of empty herb jars had been left in the corner waiting to be recycled and the hoarder in me just had to take them as a precaution as I knew I would find them useful for something. And because I am so adamant that I want my son to learn the basics of money I created a coin recognition and sorting activity using the following:

Herb jars

Cello tape

Money (coins and notes)

Money clip art

Envelopes (for notes)

All my son had to do was match the coins that I left in a small pile with the image of the coin on the herb jar. Simple. This activity is also great for shape recognition and differentiation and also helps develop their fine motor skills and critical thinking.

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Homemade and inexpensive activity to support fine motor skills for toddlers.

What are fine motor skills and why are they important?

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscles in the hand to carry out activities such as using scissors, holding a pencil, construction tasks with building blocks, doing up buttons and so on.

Fine motor skills are not only essential for academic skills but are necessary in order to perform everyday skills such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and doing the buttons up on their coat. It is also an important skills to develop prior to your child attending school so that their play options aren’t limited this in turn can effect peer relationships and the child self esteem if they are unable to be involved with class room activities.


Reference: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES 24-36 MONTHS By Rachael Smidt, Lexi Smidt, Kayla Otte, and Megan Gipfert



I created an inexpensive activity for my son using the following materials:

  • A shoe box
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • hole puncher, cello tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Laminating sheets and laminator, printer



I simply pierced holes into the shoe box and asked my son to choose a number of pipe cleaners to pierce through the holes. This requires patience and focus from the toddler as I intentionally made the holes quite small. I simply printed off some circles, coloured them in using crayons and pierced a small hole in each using a hole puncher. This then turned into a colour matching activity where my son had to stack each circle to the corresponding coloured pipe cleaner.



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