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Interactive Money Game Lab

Teach Starter Publishing Suitable for years:  1 - 4

An interactive currency activity using Australian banknotes and coins.

Interactive Money Game for the Classroom

Use this online money game when teaching students about Australian currency, and you’ll never have to pack up a set of play money again! The Money Lab can be used for many teaching purposes in the classroom including:

  • Ordering Australian coins according to their value
  • Identifying equivalent values in collections coins and notes
  • Calculating the change required for simple transactions.

Virtual Money Manipulatives

Drag a random set of coins into the work area and have students use our interactive currency manipulator to order the coins according to their value.

Have students demonstrate their ability to represent money values in multiple ways by using the Money Lab’s buckets.

  1. Set the number of buckets to two, three or four in the settings menu.
  2. Drag an amount of money into one of the buckets.
  3. Have students use the currency manipulator to create equivalent amounts in the other buckets using different notes and coins.

Note: The Live Count at the top of each bucket can be switched on and off by tapping the yellow hash button.

Calculate Change

Year 3 and 4 students can calculate the change required when completing a simple transaction by using the Money Lab’s ‘Cost and Change’ theme.

  1. Select the ‘Cost and Change’ theme in the settings menu.
  2. Click the purple dollar sign button to generate a random amount on the price tag (the randomised range can be edited in the settings menu).
  3. Drag an amount of money into the ‘Money Given’ column.
  4. Have students act as the cashier, dragging the change into the ‘Change’ column.
  5. Students can then click the ‘Check change’ button to see if the amount of change they offered is correct. (The price tag will animate green if correct or shake red if incorrect allowing them to try again.)



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  • Anna O'Brien

    Hi there, I can't seem to access the cost and change theme in the widget?

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Anna, Sorry to hear you are having some trouble accessing the 'Cost and Change' theme. It seems to be working for us. Clicking on the Settings Cog that is positioned in the top right of the screen will bring up a settings menu. From there you can select the 'Cost and Change' theme using the drop-down menu. (It displays as 'None' by default). Hope that helps! If you still are having technical issues, please don't hesitate to send an email to sup[email protected] and we will be able to assist you further!

  • Libby Spencer

    The cost and change widget does not work as per above.

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Libby, Thank you for getting in touch! The links I added in the description have decided to stop automatically applying the 'Cost and Change' theme to the widget. I have removed these links for now while we go bug smooshing. The good news is that the 'Cost and Change' theme still works within the widget. All you have to do is click the Settings cog in the top right corner of the widget and change the theme in the menu that pops up. I hope that helps! If you need any additional assistance, please reach out to us at [email protected].