Money Game - Counting Money - The Grocery Game

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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The Grocery Game is a highly engaging math activity that provides students with a hands-on way to practice counting money!

To play, players take turns picking food cards to fill up their grocery bags. Every card has a price, so students must pay for each item by counting out the correct amount of money from their "wallets."

Once all players have filled their bags, they all count their money to see who has the most left. For added challenge, two coupon cards allow players to subtract money from the purchase prices.



  • game mats
  • banker's mat
  • coin value reference cards
  • food cards
  • coupon cards

There is also a set of food cards without prices so you can customize them with different money amounts if you wish.


This game has been a favorite of my class every year. It is truly fun to play and can be enjoyed by students at various levels.

✪ "My GT students loved the game. Kept asking to play again :)" - Janice

✪ "This was a life saver for my career skills class. I used the blank cards to differentiate for my 2 groups. Using one group to count coins up to .10 and then my other group did mixed bills and coins! They loved it, this will be a regular in our rotation!"

✪ "So this is about the only time my clients LOVE to do math! They enjoy choosing their own groceries. The stimuli that come with this set are really wonderful. Kids love it. Add your own good quality play money. I also have checks for older kids. I utilize two functional math skills, estimating and calculator use. I'm thinking that I might add an additional functional skill, making a grocery list prior to "shopping" at the store. This is really a great math teaching tool and it inspires lots of other great ideas. Thanks!" - Carrie P.


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15 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?


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