After having his first introduction to money yesterday, Finny was keen to play with it again today. Ioan suggested using the snow for a money pull activity.


  • Tray of snow
  • Money
  • Tools to transfer money
  • Bath crayons


There was money stuck in the snow, with labels written on the tray e.g. “There are _ 20p coins.”

Rescuing the coins

Unfortunately it was early morning and the light is really poor in the videos.

Finny started looking for the £2 coins because he knew what they looked like.

He knew the £1 coins looked like the £2 coins, but smaller. Normally Finny wouldn’t bother about picking up extra snow, but as Ioan had thought of the activity, he’d also set out his expectations for most of the snow staying in the green tray.

“The big silver ones have seven sides and they’re 50.”

“The ones like 50p coins, but smaller are 20p coins.”

“The ones that are big grey coins are 10ps.”

“All of them left are brown ones and the big ones are 2p coins.”

Filling in the number sentences

Finny counted up his 1p coins and filled in the number sentence, then carried on around the tray.

The light was best when he counted the £2 coins, as they were at the front of the tray.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical Development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Numeracy Year 1 programme of study


  • recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes