Boy Mama: Teaching about Coins with the Coin Tower

Teaching about Coins with the Coin Tower

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Teaching about Coins with the Coin Tower

One of the things it said on my son’s report card was to practice identifying coins and to learn their values.  I knew I could easily grab a few coins and do the drill thing, but decided to be a bit more creative. Here is what I came up with…


  • coins stickers
  • ping ping balls
  • empty milk or juice carton
  • glue
  • pape

tower materials

Directions for Creating a Coin Tower

coins with stickers

Stick one coin sticker on each ping pong ball. I used two packages of balls and on the second set added 4 pennies, 2 more nickels and 2 more dimes.  Set aside the completed balls.

cut top off

 Clean and dry a milk/juice carton. Cut the top of the carton off completely.

measure and cut

 Measure from one side of the carton to another to see how  wide each side it. My carton measured a little less than 4 inches.  Then measure 4 inches from the bottom of the carton and draw a line. The photo above shows to measure it from the top down, but that was my mistake. Sorry! 🙂 Then cut off 3 of the 4 sides. Leave the fourth side attached.  Try to cut the 3 sides off in once piece as you will be needing it to create the tower in a later step. Bend the fourth side down and tape it in place to create a cube.


 Cut a dome shaped hole in the carton. This is where the balls will exit the carton.


Using the piece you cut off, create the tower by folding the piece into a rectangular shape as shown above. Tape it so it stays closed.


 Trace the tower on the rear part of the top of the cube. Cut it out.  Insert the tower and affix with tape. Your tower is now complete and ready to use. If you want to cover it with paper and stickers as I did below, feel free, but it is not necessary.


How to Use the Coin Tower

how it worksGather the balls in a small container.  Grab a ball and drop it in the tower, the ball will then roll out and your child has to identify the coin. How fun is that?? 🙂

Other ways to use the coin tower:

Drop them in very quickly and see how fast your child can name each coin.

Drop one ball with each coin in the tower and have your child order them from least to greatest value.

Drop several balls a a time and have your child add up the value of the coins on the balls.

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 Create a tower to practice:

sight words

letter and number recognition

letter sounds


animals, fruits, vehicles etc.

foreign language

NOTE:  As we were playing, the balls were getting stuck below the tower.  I simply took a piece of cardboard, glued it underneath the tower on one end and on the bottom of the box on the other end (behind the opening) creating a ramp. This fixed the problem and the balls flow perfectly!

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