Reasons why I like it:
1. When do they ever get to handle $20 and $50 bills?
2. They swap out money with me when the bank is “open” – 2 $10 for a $20, 2 $50 for a $100
3. They continue to learn the value of money. My youngest has asked me if I have any $70 or other odd denominations, but he’s learning!
4. They are responsible for it and keep track of it in envelopes.
5. I already had it made and the kids thought it would be fun!
Note: I only open the bank after dinner every night. This helps my youngest control himself and not ask me every 10 minutes if he can get “paid”. I also keep a separate list of how much they should have in their envelopes – just in case something is misplaced.
You can download all sorts of printable play money on-line. I cut and pasted “the old fashioned way” – took play money, cut out our family name (with real scissors) and pasted (with an actual glue stick) our family’s name at the top, and then copied them. I did these many years ago when I was in the classroom, laugh all you want – but I’d probably make it the same way all over again! That’s me – tech-NO-savvy!
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