Play money is something that is so easy to make, but has so many possibilities for children. From math games to pretend market, this money has been used for it all in our house. Making the money together is a great way for kids to practice number writing and get familiar with coin amounts.
How We Did It
Some green felt and round wooden pieces (or even cardboard) are all you need to make some play money.
We first chatted about coins and looked at some examples. Then Emma got to work on drawing the numbers right onto the wooden pieces. She was very focused.
While she worked on that, I cut the green felt into small rectangles to make "paper" money.
And here is our money, ready for some fun play. Emma immediately set up a grocery store with her little wooden cash register. I gave her things like paper bags and my actual market receipts to use as well.
Later in the evening, she practiced counting the money with Daddy.