Ever since we set up our baker’s shop to sell our five current buns, playing shop has been big business around here.
It makes me smile to see the three year old in charge of the shop and the crazy nine year olds dressing up to be all kinds of weird and wonderful customers. The other day we even had a health inspector visit our ice-cream shop!!
Of course you can’t play shop properly without money… lots of money!
We used the monopoly money for a while but it was getting lost and broken so I decided we had better make our own printable play money. Instead of just making replicas of real money I thought it might be fun to make our very own currency… so I put together a printable page with a variety of blank notes and coins waiting for numbers, and faces and other ‘security features’ to be added.
This turned out to be a great lesson on what our money looks like.
Our Australian notes are all different sizes and different colours, but all of them are made of plastic and they have an important person on them as well as a little window and other patterns and images.
Our coins all have the Queen on one side and an Australian animal on the other… except for the $2 coin which has an aboriginal elder on it. We learned that our fifty cent count is a dodecagon – it has twelve sides!
We also googled to find out what other countries money looked like and we were fascinated to find out that in the USA all the notes are the same size and they have $1 and $2 notes, whereas we have coins.
By the time we were done, our bank notes had animals, the Queen, monsters and quite a few strange people on them. We even had a $50 000 note! (I wish!)
Then of course it was straight back to playing shop!
You can download your own sheet of printable play money here, or click on the image below.