I love to have fun and play with my children. I strive to make most learning experiences fun. We were sitting at a local restaurant checking over the bill (I was estimating in my head) when I thought of this activity.
I record what is being served on a "menu" I created from a plain white piece of paper (with Menu written on the top) slid into a sheet protector. How I love those sheet protectors! Some days, I record the monetary amounts with the cent sign. Other days, I record it in the 0.10 format.
After we eat, the kids write down what they had for dinner on a restaurant receipt book I picked up at an office supply store. If they have seconds, they record the items twice.
I set out a "change bowl" in the center of the table for this activity. Little Angel pulls out the correct coins and tells me what coin will pay for each items, along with the name of the coin.
My slightly older children pull out the correct coins and add the coins together to see what their total amount will be. They have such fun at playing "restaurant."