Hubby took Crevette and Beanie to the school disco yesterday. They danced and jumped around for an hour or so (the kids, not hubby!) and came back home really happy, excited and full of sugar. They did not use the money they had gathered from their piggy banks, as this time round the entrance fee included the snacks.
Crevette decided this morning that he wanted to go online and buy something with his money. I told him he could save the money for another time but he was determined to use it and I thought, “Why not?”
His first trip to the cinema was in December to see ‘Frozen’, and he loved it. At the moment, both Crevette and Beanie are really into the soundtrack (no idea where they have heard it but there you go) and he decided he wanted to spend his money on the DVD.
I pointed out that there was probably not enough money in his purse. We went online, he typed ‘Frozen’ and found out the DVD cost £10. He had £5.20 in his purse. Beanie suddenly got interested as she wanted to watch the film. There were a few coins on the table and hubby allowed the children to have those. They still needed a couple of pounds so they went upstairs to fetch their money boxes. They emptied them on the table and got busy trying to find the rest of the money they needed to buy the DVD.
Quite a few skills were involved in the process.
Crevette (5 years 7 months):
Numeracy: counting to 100; adding in 5s, 10s, 20s; recognising coins and adding their values
Literacy: spelling; writing the title of the film focusing on letter formation (remembering not to mirror letters)
ICT: being precise whilst using the mouse pad; clicking; typing and pressing ‘enter’
Beanie (3 years 5 months):
Numeracy: counting coins; recognising coins that were the same: £1, 20p, 10p, 5p
She really enjoyed finding and passing the 20p coins to her brother, sliding them on the table and shouting, “It’s like a game, mummy!”
Literacy: letter recognition
We also threw in a bit of speculation, arranging items by size and hand-eye coordination in the mix. After they had gathered all the money and we had checked it was the right amount, I asked them if they thought they could make a tower with all the coins. Crevette thought it was not possible because there was “lots and lots of money.”
Crevette decided they had to go with biggest on bottom to smallest on top and Beanie arranged them by size. The ‘coin tower’ was a team effort, Crevette giving coins to Beanie who carefully started arranging them on top of each other.
Crevette took over when his sister had had enough and he kept repeating “I know it’s going to fall.” Beanie thought it looked “like a wriggly worm.” It did fall eventually after they had piled up all the money, but it turned out the tower was made of £11.30 worth of coins, not £10.
It was time to give me the money to pay for the DVD. They double-checked quickly, just to make sure they were not giving me too much money. Crevette completed the whole ordering process himself, finding my name and our address in the list on our online account.
We decided to organise a sleepover with a friend on the day the DVD is released and that made the whole experience even more exciting for them. We realised that to get the DVD on that day, we would have to pay for first class postage and therefore add £1.49 to the total price. Crevette fumbled a bit more in his piggy bank and was relieved to have enough money.
The whole thing took a couple of hours. We enjoyed ourselves, the children shared their money, learnt something in the process and I even managed to squeeze in a cup of tea. Time to move to emptying the tumble dryer and organise a sock matching competition for the kids!