Do your kids like playing shops? This fun activity to design your own printable play money will add a whole new level of fun and learning to your kids dramatic play.
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. According to my youngest child, you’ll need LOTS of money!
You could buy some play money, but it’s even more fun to make your own currency!
Design Your Own Play Money.
Making your own play money is a super fun activity for kids, with lots of learning opportunities thrown in as well.
Before you download our ‘design your own play money’ printable it’s a good idea to learn a little bit about real money.
Take the time to look at some real money, and ask some questions.
What notes or coins are there?
What designs do they have on them?
What is the money made out of?
What are ‘security features’ of money, why are they used, and can you see them on your money?
It’s a great opportunity to do some research with your kids and find out more about your money.
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 coin is a dodecagon – it has twelve sides!
It’s also fun to google and find out what other countries’ money looks like. My kids 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.
Now that you’ve learned all about money it’s time to make some of your own!
You can use markers or pencils to add designs and details to your printable play money. You could even get fancy and use paint to add some special touches.
By the time we were done, our banknotes had animals, the Queen, monsters and quite a few strange people on them. We even had a $50 000 note! (I wish!)
When you’ve added the details to your printable play money, cut it out and you are ready to play.
Design Your Own Play Money Free Printable Activity.
Add an extra level of fun and learning the next time your kids want to play shops, and let me design and make their own play money!
You’ll probably need to print a few copies of this pdf, so everyone can make lots and lots of cash!
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Now that you have lots and lots of money it’s time to get back to playing shops!
Need more Imaginative and Dramatic Play Ideas?
If you are new to doing dramatic play with your kids these five simple tips for getting started with imaginative play might help.
And if your kids love dramatic play and you need some more ideas, some of these might help!