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Free Printable Play Money For Teaching Kids
Free Printable Fake Money To Teach Kids About Finances
I was never really aware of the power of free printable play money until a friend of mine had me around during one of her homeschooling sessions with her daughter. The daughter has a slight physical disability, so it's easier for the mom to keep her at home than bring her to school every day and back. Homeschooling makes for some very interesting lessons (she is actually a teacher by craft anyway), and being privy at some of these fun lessons, I've learned quite a big myself.
They were using a lot of printable money that can be downloaded from the internet for free and I've realized that is indeed a great way to teach small children about what money is, why it is important in every day life and the art of finances.In fact these days most kids learn about money way before school starts.
By playing banking games, you can teach your children that money is good to be exchanged for various goods, such as toys, chocolate and other "things" they want. But they will have to also learn that sometimes money is just not enough for everything, so counting the coins and paper money is crucial, in making sure that there is enough of it for spending. Learning about the real value of money is one of the most important lessons kids of today can learn.
I have listed below a few of the best free resources on printing templates and fake money that children can play with at home as if it were real money. Don't forget that this activity also helps spending some quality time with your kids!
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The soap is merely 4.8 x 3 x 1.2 inches, so the perfect size for a kid's hands. Perfect as a gift for Christmas to any cleaning-reluctant youngster.
Tip #1: Use Money As Incentive For Your Kids To Wash Hands!
Now that's a novel idea if I've ever seen one! A money soap that will make kids scrub hands in a jiffy, even when before they were conveniently forgetting it, or simply making faces when it came to clean up.
Adorable, cute and a must for everyone with small kids!
The $1 bills are pretty much the cornerstone of every kid learning about money. It's much easier for them to start to count with $1 bills than say with $25 or $50. Even just to count up to ten is a great way to use the fake paper money.
There are tons of places that offer printable $1 bills to print for your kids to play and learn with.
I have carefully scanned each page and left here only a few of the better sites that are actually free to use and don't try to cheat you with a membership or whatnot. Have fun printing these out and teaching your kids to use money from an early age.
- $1 bills
This realistic one dollar bill (complete with George Washington) can help children learn to count money and build math skills.
- Printable Free Money
You need to Add to Cart and fill in your information, however these are free, you pay nothing for them.
- Various Dollar Bills At Crayola.com
You have here $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills to print out - open as an image and save to your computer.
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Can Free Printable Play Money Teach Kids The Art Of Handling Money?
Can Free Printable Play Money Teach Kids The Art Of Handling Money?
Next come the $10 bills. Kids need to have every type of play money that also exist in real life as currency. Here are some of the best places for free printable $10 fake money for your kids to enjoy.
- $10 Bills At Kids Money Farm
Print out this PDF file which is full of $10 bills - a great template to use
- $10 Templates From Donna Young
Another $10 template offered for free by Donna Young. Open with Adobe Acrobat Reader to print.
- $10 Bills From Free Stuff 4 Kids
Print this PDF file directly from the browser or save to your computer to print any time you need more money - $10 bills
- $10 Bills From Money Instructor
I see you can't have enough of $10 bills - so here is some more for you to open in pdf file format and print.
Kids Playing With Play Money On The Street
Ideas To Use These Free Printable Play Money
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Once you print out your money, the question is - how do you use these?
Here are some fun ideas to get you started!
- Set up a small grocery store (or other kind of store) in a room and have kids buy things with their money. They can learn to count how much money each item cost, and how to best handle the situations when money is not enough
- Place the kid in the role of cashier in a bank and have him or her handle the money, or reverse the role and let him or her write you checks
- Simply have lessons in learning to count money - it doesn't get easier than that!
- Teach kids the skills to recognize the various types of money - US and international currency
- Teach them how to give you the amount of coins they need to get your dollar bill
- Create a restaurant menu and add prices for each item. Let your kids order the menu and have them pay with their money
- Rewards good behavior with play money, so they gather enough for their next games
- Let your kids take this Money quizz for learning more about handling money (quizzes are free to take.)
Using $20 is fun because the money become bigger in value, so children can enter a more complex are of money and finances. By now they have learned about the smaller amounts so they're ready for the bigger numbers to print, learn and play with.
Have You Played The Banking Game?
This is one of the games my friend is playing with her daughter at home. It's quite a clever game,which I've played at times with them as well. The game is for 2 to 6 players, so the 3 of us have been found often times playing it for fun (and to teach her daughter finances). Also it's a great way to spend some quality time with the family.
There are two sides to the game - either be a banker, or a business person. When the two play, each time turns are taken as to who is the banker and who is the businessman or business woman. It's quite a fun game, one which has pretty much every paper bill and coin available, so everything is possible, just like in real life.
You get $1, $5, $10, $25 and $25 in paper bills. The coins are the same, but in cents. It's an absolutely adorable game that will teach kids about how to use money in various ways, just like when dealing with real currency.
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Now come the bigger money: $50 bills. This is some serious cash to learn about, so here are some great free places to download your templates and free money for your kids, to teach them the value of dealing with money in every day life.
- $50 Bills From Kids Money Farm
Open in pdf and print or save to your computer for later printing
- $50 Bills At Donna Young
Donna Young has also made available a sheet full of $50 bills - open in pdf file format
- $50 Bills From Printable Play Money
Want more $50 bills to print out? Here is another pdf sheet for you to use as template
Cool $100 Bills For Kids To Play With
When I was a kid I remember to having played with the very same money type - by this manufacturer exactly. Fond memories. I thought at the time that it's just for fun, but little did I know that those kinds of early games would help me greatly later on in life when the real $100 would be just part of my income to put in the bank - or shop with.
Important Points When Teaching Kids About Finances
There is no doubt about it, kids need to learn about finances from an early age. But there are various aspects that you need to really focus on with them for best results. While I don't have kids myself, a best friend of mine has, and I've been with her several times during her homeschooling her daughter, and I picked up a few tips that can be useful everywhere.
For example when teaching kids about money, you need to show them not only how to spend it, but also how to save it, how to pay the bills and how to get it as well.
When you go shopping, take your kids with you so they can see you with the cashier how you handle money, how you count and give the money and the rest that you get back.
With the play money teach them about the value of a dollar. For example place a $1 fake bill on the table and next to it the various coins that make the $1. They can see that even though there are many more coins that the paper bill, the actual value is not necessarily in the number of items on the table.
Another fun way to teach them about finances is by playing bank - giving them some allowance and charging them let's say 5% interest. Follow that up over time to see how they pay you back and how much money remains to them available.
Printing out coins is also fun, and this is what children should start with before going on to paper bills. For example using one of the tips above - you can put a $1 bill on one end and the coins that make that $1 value next to it.
Kids will see that even though there are way more coins than money, the actual value is much less and sometimes weight does not equal real value.
Also they can learn about getting coins back at shopping and just how much is the rest that they should get back. Basically coins are equally important, and they can teach kids another aspect of finances and money handling than when using paper bills.
- Free Printable Coins
Here is a list of coins for you to print out and have your kids glue to cardboard pieces as part of their learning and playing activities. Click on the big green button View Printable to open the pdf file for printing.
- Printable Coins And Pennies
Save the picture to your computer and print out from your favorite image editor
- Collection Of Printable Coins
Plenty of coins to print out - click on each link to get to the relevant sheet that you want to print out
- UK coins for printing out
If you need more UK coins, here are some more for you to choose from
- More Coins To Print Out
Here is another listing of various coins listed by the amount. Click on each link to open the file in pdf format
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