I was creating something for my classroom using Ashley Hughes' Gumball Machine clipart, and I was hit with the strangest thought: I want a gumball machine. Oh the things I could do with a gumball machine!
So I spent part of my morning shopping for gumball machines, even though I really don't need one and don't really have any money for it. Oops. (No, I didn't buy one! But I wanted to!)
(My sister actually has a gumball machine that I've wanted to steal for years, especially since it collects dust!)
How much fun would it be to play games with a gumball machine? Or to use it for treats? I think it would be awesome! If you had a machine designed for capsules, you could fill the capsules with words, or math problems, or even small objects for the kids to count.
I found these on the same website I found the gumball machine above on. The kids could use them for adding or subtracting numbers. They could get 2 balls out of the gumball machine, then they could add them together or subtract the smaller number from the bigger number. Or they could even add together 3 numbers!
Unfortunately, those are bouncy balls, and I can foresee them being a huge problem with students. You could get some 1" or even 1/2" wooden balls and write or paint the numbers on them. It would be a little more work, but it would be less... bouncy!
Doesn't that sound like fun? Oh if I only had money!
So in the spirit of gumball machines, I've created this money freebie that I hope you can use. I'm working on money with my students right now, so I definitely will be printing and laminating this little activity!
Your students will match the coins to the amounts on the gumball machines. There is also a blackline version, because if you're anything like me, you don't have any color ink left!
I hope you enjoy the freebie,and if you do, please leave feedback!