I think everyone knows my absolute love of the Dollar Store. When they got an order of over-sized coins in, I pounced at the opportunity to purchase them. Whether you have plastic coins or printable paper ones, they can be used to create a math center to help students learn how to count money.
Paper pockets were created using construction paper. An amount that students have to find was written on the outside of each pocket.
Students place coins in the pocket to represent the amount shown. These pockets can be made with different amounts written on them.
By asking students to find two or three different ways to make 15 cents (or any amount), they gain strength in their abilities to count money.