Today I thought we probably had enough to bank so we brought their money boxes downstairs to count them. We played a little with the pennies too.
The girls enjoyed opening them and shaking out all the coins, we sorted them into piles, talked about each coin, their size and their value, counting and doing a little maths along the way. Little 1 was very interested in this and rather confused that a 5p was so small yet worth more. She doesn't have any concept of value yet but is beginning to show a little interest, asking lots of questions about what she could buy with what she had saved.
Little 2 was more interested in posting the coins back into her money box and spent ages filling and emptying hers, great for her co-ordination and dexterity.
Little 1 wanted to make some pictures with the coins, we made lines, her name and then she suggested a house, mummy made the door and path and she did the roof and chimney.
Then we counted the coins and bagged them up, the girls take them to the bank with us and pay them in their accounts so they are learning about saving too. A small activity to take up half and hour, a mini creation and a bit of learning along the way.