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Learning about coins

Learn about the designs on British coins – can you recognise them with your eyes shut?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Coins or pictures of coins

Activity summary 

This activity gives everyone the chance to get familiar with British coins. Take some time to know your coins and talk through the designs, then get stuck into play the games to help everyone get familiar with them all. 

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
  • Read through the information on this page (and on the ‘Printable coins’ sheet) to learn about the images on our coins and what they represent. 
  • You’ll need either physical coins or images of coins, depending on how you’re running the activity.
  • If you’re using physical coins, you’ll need at least two of each coin (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p 50p, £1, and £2). If you’re missing a coin or two, you could use the images in the ‘Printable coins’ sheet. 
  • If you don’t have access to physical coins, you can print the ‘Printable coins’ sheet and cut out the coins. 
  • If you’re meeting online, you could share the ‘Printable coins’ sheet on your screen. 
  • There are some great games about coins on the Scout Store: look for Pocket Money Bingo and Money Bags! 

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Step 1: Know your coins

  1. The person leading the activity should show everyone the coins (or the images of coins) and describe the designs.
  1. Everyone should chat about what – or who – the designs represent.
  2. Everyone should chat about what they notice about the coins, like their shape and colour. 
  3. People should take it in turns to put the coins in order of value. 

Step 2: Play the games

It’s up to you which games you play – or if you want to find another way to get the group familiar with the coins and their value. 

Play order! (with physical coins)

  1. Everyone should close their eyes and feel each coin. They should pay attention to the size, shape, and weight. Can they recognise which coin is which? 
  1. Everyone should keep their eyes closed as they race to put the coins in value order. 

Play find the coin (with physical coins) 

  1. Everyone should close their eyes. 
  2. The person leading the game should mix up the coins. 
  3. The person leading the game should name a coin. 
  4. Everyone should keep their eyes closed as they race to find the coin and pick it up.

Play coin charades (with physical coins or pictures of coins) 

  1. Someone should choose a coin and describe it. 
  1. Everyone should guess which coin they've chosen.

Play guess the coin (with physical coins or pictures of coins) 

  1. Someone should choose a coin. 
  2. Everyone else should take it in turns to ask them questions to find out which coin they’ve chosen. The questions should be ones the person can answer by saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  3. Everyone should keep asking questions until they can guess which coin the person chose.

Get creative (with physical coins or pictures of coins)

  1. Everyone should come up with a fun way to remember the order of the coins. They could sing, dance, tell a story, or do something with the pattern in the designs. 

Reflection

This activity showed how and why the different parts of British coins are different. It also gave everyone a chance to learn how to recognise them quickly.What helped people to remember the coins? Why are they different? Did anyone have a way of remembering the value order? How did it feel when there was a time limit on finding the coin? How might this activity help everyone in the future? 

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.