What’s the Scoop!

(for ages 5+)


  • Multiple coins
  • Large bowl
  • Tablespoons
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Recipe for Playful Learning!

Financial literacy is an important component of STEAM learning and a building block of a comfortable future. This is a fun educational game for the kids and adults to play together!

STEP 1: Put a large amount of different types of coins in a bowl. This is a great opportunity to open your kids’ piggy banks or that large jar used to save all your coins!

STEP 2: Before anyone starts scooping, determine how many rounds to play. Each player begins by taking turns scooping out one tablespoon of coins at a time.

STEP 3: After each round, the players must count the total value of their coins and record their total coin values on paper.

STEP 4: The player who has the largest value of coins in each round gets one point. At the end of the final round, players adds up the points they earned in each round. The player with the largest value is declared the winner!


  • Encourage further learning by assigning points per denomination value of coin scooped:
    • 1 point for pennies, 2 points for nickels, 3 points for dimes, 5 points for quarters!
  • Play rounds identifying a different coin each time that doesn’t get any points at all!

Skills to Practice: Counting Coins, Financial Literacy, Math, Critical Thinking