While I was cooking his favorite meal of pancakes and bacon, I put a handful of change on the counter and asked him to find all the quarters, then dimes, nickels and pennies. I thought maybe that rummaging through the pile to find all same coin repetitiously would help him to remember. Then I had him count how many of each he had. Once it was done, we shuffled them all around and started over. He really enjoyed this game.
After we ate, I showed him a coin and asked for its identity. If he got it on the first try, he got a REALLY big high five. On they second try, he just got a regular high five, then a little high five and then a baby high five. He really want the REALLY big one becks it came with lots and lots of big smiles and praise from me!
Flash cards are great for learning. I got a piece of card stock and cut four pieces then taped a coin to each one. His favorite color is red so I took a red marker and wrote the name of the coin on the card. I thought this would help him when it came time to learn to read the names of the coins.
I used them as regular flash cards and then would turn them over and fan them out and tell him to "pick a card, any card" in a funny voice. He loved playing the different games. And, I was so proud because he was getting them right 100% of the time! But then I got wise and covered the written names with my finger - he wasn't quite so accurate! Apparently his reading skills are more developed than his money-naming skills!
This is just one example of how learning can be fun for kids!