App Description: This is a fun, kid-friendly app that uses a jungle animals theme to teach Coin Math in different languages, using various currencies such the US dollar, Australian and New Zealand dollars, Japanese Yen, Euro etc. You can change the difficulty levels, languages and currencies by going into the settings of the app. The coin Math problems include identifying different coins, counting coins, comparing coin values and word problems to calculate the correct amount of change. In addition, the app consists of a ‘Learn’ feature which teaches different coin values and how they add up. For example: 5 pennies make a nickel. The same feature also shows other international currencies if the currency settings are changed.
How We Use It: At the Children’s Museum of Houston, we use this app in the Kidtropolis, USA Bank area. There are no coins in KT banks, but only pretend currency bills. Therefore this app can be used as an activity to reinforce understanding of different coin values. The app features bills as well that connect to the exhibit.
If our facilitators see a child role-playing as a teller, they pretend to be a bank employer and ask the child if they would like to be a teller. They use the app as a “training tool” to employ prospective bank tellers and managers. If they pass the “training” (i.e. get the questions right), they get the job and receive a paycheck to deposit in the ATM. Furthermore, if children are interested in currencies from other countries, they can view those currencies, and even compare currency values. For older children who are familiar with subtraction and number comparisons, our facilitators use the Jungle Coins app to compare coin values (greater than and less than) as well as for counting change. Then, the children apply these skills when “visitors” come to deposit their paychecks at the bank.
Important Note: Always ask the child his/her age or grade level, so you can ask age/grade appropriate questions.