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## Collect the Coins – variations

Here are some variations for Digit Dog’s Collect the Coins game

A game for two players

You need:

• A counter for each player to move round the board.
• A dice.
• Coins to put in the bank (put them on the star).

To play the original game:

• Each player choose a track and put your counter on start.
• Take turns to throw the dice and move along the track.
• Keep going round your track. If you land on the bank, collect two coins. If you pass through the bank, collect one coin.
• The winner is the first to collect 5 coins.

Variations

Play the game until all the coins have gone from the bank. The winner is the person with the most coins. Count the coins then name the coins.

Put coins of different value in the bank. Play until all the coins have gone. The winner is the one with the largest amount of money.

Put coins of the same value in the bank e.g. all 5p coins to practise counting in 5s when the coins are totalled at the end of the game.

Decide on an amount to collect e.g. 10p. The winner is the first player to collect that amount exactly.

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## Collect the Coins

Play Digit Dog’s Collect the Coins game

A game for two players

You need:

• A counter for each player to move round the board
• A dice
• Ten coins to put in the bank (put them on the star)

To play:

• Each player choose a track and put your counter on start.
• Take turns to throw the dice and move along the track.
• Keep going round your track. If you land on the bank, collect two coins. If you pass through the bank, collect one coin.
• The winner is the first to collect 5 coins.
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## Toss the coin – nasty version

Here’s a variation on the Toss the coin game.

You need:

A board for each player,

Two coins to toss,

A pile of coins to choose from (at least 32 for 2 players)

To play:

Take turns to toss your two coins:

• One head and one tail – pick up two coins from the pile.
• Two tails – take a coin from the other player’s grid.
• Two heads – give one of the coins from your grid to the other player.

Put the coins on your grid, one on each square.

The game ends when one grid is full.

The winner is the player with the most money.

Which coins will you take from the other player? Which ones will you give away? Why?

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## Toss the coin

Digit Dog has got a new game.

To play the game you will need:

• A board for each player (download boards here),
• A coin for each player to toss,
• A pile of assorted coins to choose from (at least 32 for 2 players).

To play:

Take turns to toss your coin. If it’s heads, choose one coin from the pile. If it’s tails, choose two coins.

Put the coin(s) on your grid, one on each square.

The first player to cover their grid wins.

At the end of the game count how much money you have altogether on your grid.

Variations

Use this board which has a smaller grid.

Select the coins that go in the centre according to the needs of the child:

• just use one pence coins for a simple counting game.
• use coins up to 10p to make calculating easier.
• use 5p, 10p and 20p to practise countng in 5s and 10s.

Change the rules:

The game ends when the first person fills their grid but the winner is the player with the most money on the board. If this is the rule, which coins are you going to try and pick up?

The game ends when the first person fills their grid but the winner is the player with the least money on the board. How does changing the rule change the way you choose coins? Which coins do you want to pick up now?

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## How much is in the purse?

Calculating Cat has 5 coins in her purse.

Think about which coins they could be. Get some coins and work out the possibilities.

What is the largest amount that could be in the purse? Which coins would that be?

What is the smallest amount that could be in the purse? Which coins would that be?

Digit Dog thinks that Calculating Cat might have 6p in her purse. Which coins is he thinking of? What about 10p?

Explore which coins could be in the purse. How many different amounts could there be?

Record the different amounts you have found.

Organise your answers so that you can be systematic and work out all the possible amounts.

What if there were fewer coins in the purse? Try it with just 2 or 3 coins.

What if the coins in the purse were silver coins?

What if there were only 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins in the purse?

What if no coin was worth more than 20p?

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## How much money?

Calculating Cat has set Digit Dog a challenge. She has put five coins in her purse and is asking Digit Dog to work out how much money she might have.

Use coins to investigate which coins could be in the purse.

Write down the different ways you have found.

Digit Dog thinks there could be 6p in the purse. Which 5 coins would you need to make 6p?

Can you work systematically so that you know you have found all the different combinations?

What if……..

………there was a different number of coins in the purse? What amounts could you make then?

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## Buying an egg

Digit Dog has bought a chocolate egg for 50p. He paid for it using silver coins. Which coins do you think he used? Which coins did he definitely not use? Why?

How many different ways do you think he could pay? Convince me that you have found all the different ways. Explain your thinking.

What is the least number of coins he could use? What is the most?

What if…………..

……..Digit Dog bought something for 50p, 75p, £1……..any amount you like?

……..he could use any coins? How many ways to pay would there be then?

Make up some questions like this for your friends.

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## 7p to spend – combinations of coins

Digit Dog has bought a chocolate coin for 7p. He paid for it exactly, so which coins did he use?

How many different ways do you think he could do it? Convince me that you have found all the ways.

What is the least number of coins he could use? What is the most?

Which coins do you think he used? Which coins did he definitely not use? Why?

You might want to use your Numicon® purse to help you. Which coins are you going to use?

What if…………..

……..Digit Dog bought something for 8p, 9p, 10p………..any amount you like?

…….he didn’t have the exact money but only had a 10p coin. How much change would he have? Which coins might he be given?

………you used larger amounts?

Vary the amounts and the coins you can use.