This is such a fun quietbook page and study unit! It page sews up quickly, but is a big hit. Sorting is always fun for preschoolers, but sorting money is even better!
This page features a felt piggy bank with labeled coin slots and a key at the bottom to help kids sort the coins.
To make this quietbook fit in with our Montessori-style homeschooling, I have created several free printable packs. You can use these with or without the quietbook page.
What I Used
- Felt from American Felt and Craft (in jungle vine, pink tutu, orchid, gray and doe)
- Clear vinyl
- Pink hook & loop tape
- Play or real coins (mine are from Target’s Dollar Spot, be sure they are true-to-size)
I began the page with the embroidery on the coins. I back stitched the numbers onto each of the coins, then stitched them down to the bottom of the page.
I stitched the smaller numbers and coin slots along the top of the full-sized piggy bank piece. Make sure the slots line up just above the partial piggy bank pieces, as seen in the photos.
On the outer (light pink) partial piggy bank piece, I sewed down the dollar sign and a button eye. I sewed the two ear pieces together, then attached it to the pig at the base.
On the inner (dark pink) partial piggy bank piece, I sewed a strip of pink hook tape towards the bottom (this will need to line up with the loop tape you later sew immediately below the clear vinyl pocket later). I then sewed the front and back of the piggy bank flap together on the sides and bottom, but not the top. I lined the top of the clear vinyl pocket up with the top of the flap, then sewed through all three layers across the top.
The trickiest part is making the coin slots. Have one of each coin on hand for sizing. Lay the completed piggy bank flap in place, then sew it down between each coin slot line. I flipped the flap up, then sewed the sides of the clear vinyl down top the inner piggy. Just below the bottom of the vinyl, I sewed a piece of pink hook tape. (This closes the bottom of the pocket when the flap is closed, keeping the coins from falling out.)
At this point, the page was nearly done. Test out the coin slots, and if yours are a bit too tight for tiny hands as mine were, you may need to tweak. I made the coin slots stretch open a bit by making stitches that pulled the ends towards each other: So the right end of the 5 cent slot was stitched to the left end of the 10 cent slot, etc.
Montessori US Currency Printables
Montessori-style 3-part cards are so great for introducing anything that can shown with a picture and name. They consist of three parts: a labeled picture card, the picture alone and the label alone.
A child begins with the labelled cards, then eventually starts matching the labels to the pictures, using the labelled cards as control cards. They can be used as reference for writing exercises later on.
Click here to download my free pdf files (here is part 2) to make your own. To make mine, I cut them out, glued them to green construction paper, then laminated them. I included the fronts and backs of each coin or bill.
Mini US Coin Card Matching
Coins can be tricky to learn. You have how they look, what they are named, plus two ways of writing their values! I made a set of mini cards that can be used to learn and match everything. Add in coins so they can match them to the pictures.
US Coin Addition Game
To help Jax learn how to add up coin values, I made a little coin addition game. It can be used at two levels – one side has the values written, and one does not.
Start with the labeled side, then have your child use beads or counters to add up to the totals. When they are ready, they can use the unlabelled side, then check their answers on the back.
To create these, I folded and laminated the strips so they were two-sided. The answers are two-sided as well: I glued the two different ways of writing the answers back-to-back.
I hope you enjoy this free quiet book pattern and homeschool printables! For more homeschool ideas, visit Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now.
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