What you’ll need: Some coins

Ask the following questions:

- I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 7 cents. What do I have? (a nickel and 2 pennies)
- I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 16 cents. What do I have? (a dime, a nickel, a penny)
- I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 11 cents. What do I have? (2 nickels and 1 penny)
- I have three coins in my pockets. They are worth 30 cents. What do I have? (3 dimes)
- I have six coins in my pocket. They are worth 30 cents. What could I have? (1 quarter and 5 pennies or 6 nickels). This problem has more than one answer. It is challenging for children to experience problems like this.
- I have coins in my pocket, which have a value of 11 cents. How many coins could I have?

You get the idea! Make up your own problems – have fun!