Practice money math by setting up your own store or restaurant! Great practice with money math, counting change, adding, subtracting, and store etiquette.

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One of my five-year-old’s favorite things to do is to play money math. From a very young age he has loved collecting, saving, and counting coins. He was thrilled when I taught him how much each coin is worth and was even more thrilled when we set up games where he could “buy” items of his choice.

One of the most engaging games we play together is Build Your Own Cafe. It gives him an opportunity to practice money math without me going out of my way much to set up the game. We often play this game on busy days when we don’t have much time to focus on math during regular homeschool hours.

Practice money math by setting up your own store or restaurant! Great practice with money math, counting change, adding, subtracting, and store etiquette.

How to Play Build Your Own Cafe: Money Math Practice

During regular meal or snack time, make labels for each food that lists the price of that food. You can also make labels for cups, bowls, cutlery, and drinks. Set any price you like, depending on your child’s age and experience with money math. As your child selects each food item they must pay you the listed price for that food. This is, of course, a game, and the money is all given back at the end. Using play money is also a fun option. You can also switch roles so that your child is the cashier and you are the customer.</