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British Currency Dominoes

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Years: 1 - 2

Match money amounts made from various combinations of coins and notes with this set of 24 dominoes.

💷 Shake up Maths with Our Money Game for Kids 

Pounds, pence, coin, quid, fiver, tenner, dosh. If it goes in your wallet, your students will call it! 

In our British currency money game, players will take turns matching both sides of dominoes to pair equivalent money values while they practise identifying:

  • Fifty pence (50p) coins
  • £1 and £2 coins
  • £5, £10, £20 notes

For example, if a player were to lay down the £2 £2 £1 | £10 domino, the next player would lay down an equivalent value on either side. Gameplay continues in this manner until all of the dominoes are gone. 

Fast finishers can independently make one long string of dominoes. For a whole class activity, give one domino to each student and have them put themselves in order as quietly as possible. 🤫

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing manipulatives or a currency poster to reference when playing the game.

Additionally, challenge students to list alternative ways to use the coins or notes to get the same value on either side of their dominoes. 

Extra Money Games in One Activity? YES!

We created this resource for your maths rotation as an independent practice activity. We also suggest using it to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons in the following ways: 

🧮 Maths Problems

Students can write addition and subtraction number sentences or word problems for the amounts on their dominoes. Players can swap with a partner and calculate the answer to each other’s maths problems. 

👯‍♀️ Odd Man Out

Place three cards at each station, making sure two cards have matching values and the 3rd card doesn’t belong. Student pairs will rotate through each station and identify the matches, writing their answers on a separate sheet of paper.  

🃏 Playing Cards Upcycle

When students no longer want to play dominoes, turn this game into a deck of cards! Cut the dominoes in half to play games like Match It, Go Fish, or Snap, to name a few. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between colour or black and white PDF.

Print on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

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