Custom play money with your child’s picture on the banknotes

2014-12-17

Which child doesn’t dream of their own little empire? This project is a step in that direction: Banknotes, coins, and stamps carrying the picture of your child. I have created a a set of five phantasy banknotes (5, 10, 20, 50, and 100), seven coins (2, 1, 0.50, 0.25, 0.10, 0.05, 0.01), and three stamps (0.05, 0.10, and 0.20).

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The banknotes have several interesting features that help children understand how money works: They contain their denomination not just as a number, but also as a word, as a number of hands held up (for example, the twenty note shows four hands), and – for the notes up to 20 – as sets of items: 5 has five dice with the number 1-5 on them, as well as five sea creatures.

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10 has ten animals, ten humans, and ten flowers.

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20 has twenty hearts and twenty sweets.

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50 has 10 tally marks with five strokes each, and five transport vehicles.

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Each banknote has a different color theme, with the 100 banknote featuring rainbow colors (kids love the over-the-top look).

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Here are the coins, each with the child’s silhouette on the back:

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And here are the stamps:

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You can get a customized version with your child’s image in my Etsy store.

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