Roleplay shopping can be a really fun way of learning about coins as well as practising counting, all with the inclusion of motivating toys and items!

role play shopping asd teacher

Items Needed:

  1. Firstly, find some toys or items that the child will be really motivated by, anything from bubbles, to cars, to balls to their favourite snack item.
  2. Label them with a price, an amount that the child can count to.
  3. Make some coin visual supports to help the child learn the coins and how much they amount to. Visual supports can be removed once the child has learnt the coin. You can download the coin visuals below. They will last longer if they are laminated, but this is not essential.
coin visual supports autism early years
Coin visual supports 2 autismspectrumteacher.com

4. Find some coins and put them in a little purse, wallet or money box.

5. A toy till can always be fun but not essential


The Game:

Place the items in view, the child can choose an item by their preferred means of communication; saying the items name, forming a symbol sentence, signing or choosing a symbol/ photo.

Adult to then show how much money the item costs via the label on the item.

Child to use the visual support to help find the correct coins. Support the child to count if necessary. Gradually reduce the support, encouraging the child to count as independently as possible.

The child can then give the adult the coins in exchange for the chosen item.

Have fun!

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Steph Reed

Hi I’m Steph Reed, an Autism Specialist Teacher and Consultant. Following 10 years of teaching many incredible autistic young people with complex needs, I developed and led a School Autism Outreach Service, and have also been part of a senior leadership team as SENCo and Inclusion Leader. I now provide outreach, training and consultancy with practical support to schools, services and families using personalised, child-centered and evidence-based approaches. I also have personal experience of learning ‘differently’ and with success! I am here to support you in feeling confident and skilled in meeting diverse needs and ensuring children are reaching their potential.


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