We started out by reading The Coin Book by Roxanne Williams. It is a perfect introduction for reviewing coin values along with counting values of mixed coins. You could also use this book to wrap up a unit too.
When we are first starting out with finding the value of mixed coins, I want to make sure I give my kids lots of exposure to manipulating coins. This is where money cups come in. I’ve blogged about these in the past. Click here to read more about them and grab a free recording sheet for centers. Money cups are the perfect way to differentiate your instruction. Grab some small containers. I found these with bright lids at Family Dollar for a couple of dollars.
Inside each container is a random assortment coins up to $1.00. You can use any mixture of coins you’d like based on the needs for your kids. I have some that contain only dimes, nickels, and pennies while others have quarters in them too. I’ve even used half dollars for my higher level kids.