International Currency

In addition to providing children with pretend American money to play with, wouldn’t it be cool if you also had money from other countries for children to explore?  I like to think about all of the interesting ways we can support each family’s background (language, artifacts, food, festivals) why not currency?

I only found one set of international currency available for purchase on the Internet, but I have to think that there are more out there.  The one I found is from Great Britain, which wouldn’t be my first choice, but might be an interesting way to start a collection.

British Money


You might create activities that have children compare and contrast American money with British money.  Introduce the symbols ($, ¢, £) and have them search for them on the bills.  Explore the people whose faces appear on the bills and discuss the difference between a President and a Queen.  Have children trade the money and then sort it and categorize it.  The ideas are endless.

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