Parents, if you want a sure-fire fun kids’ activity, you can bank on play money being a hit. Elementary, kindergarten and preschool teachers use play currency, coins and bills in a variety of money math lessons. Here are free printable coins, bills and play money. Homeschool parents will want to use these free printable play currency for money math lessons also.
Printable Play Money has all denominations and styles of free printable coins, bills and play money you might ever need for your lessons. There are cut-out coin worksheets, counting coins, money math lessons, worksheets, activities and making change lessons. There are free printable sheets of pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters to cut out and use for counting and making change. Printable Play Money also has free printable bills and US currency in several denominations. Print play one dollar, five dollar, ten dollar, twenty dollar, fifty dollar and one hundred dollar bills. Some styles are replicas of US mint currency and some are obviously play money.
How can you use free printable play money in your classroom or homeschool? First, print several sheets of various coins, bills and denominations of currency. Print on card stock or laminate play money printables. Cut out play currency and coins or assign students to perform cutting tasks. Preschool, younger elementary and special needs students require practice in fine motor skills, eye hand coordination and scissor skills. Help each student make a play wallet made from folded construction paper (good paper folding skills). Or use an envelope or zipper bag to store coins and play money. Students should keep play money “wallets” in their desks.
Whenever you teach a math or money lesson, students should use their play money as hands-on manipulatives. There are several ways to incorporate play currency in money math lessons. When you are doing a math or money problem at the board, students can demonstrate their answer using their money. If you are working on making change, counting coins, skip counting (by five or ten), place value, story problems, adding or subtracting with regrouping (also called “carrying” and “borrowing”) students can use their play money wallets to show their computations.
Children love to use their play money in math and shopping simulation. If you teach using learning centers, set up a grocery store or retail store in your Practical Life Area. Children love to pretend shop, buying and selling with their play currency. This reinforces money math lessons, mental math, communication and story problems skills. Grocery Store and marketing play exercises those Bloom’s Taxonomy and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) of analysis, application, synthesis and evaluation, too.