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Reinforce an Understanding of Money and Spending with Pretend Play Money

Everyone loves money. But when you’re trying to teach younger children the basics around currency, the cost of items and even understanding how to make change can feel very abstract. Pretend money is one of the best ways to help younger kids understand that money is finite, and to solidify the relationship between coins and dollars. It’s also a great way to practice counting during playtime.

The coins and paper money in this set have a realistic look. This set, which is for ages 3 and older, focuses on the most commonly used denominations — especially for the bills.

You’ll note that this pretend play money is only one-sided. In total you’ll get 20 bills across all denominations for a total faux value of $4,580 dollars. This set is best for kids age 3 and older.

In total, each denomination in this pretend play money set has 50 pieces. The set is ideal for children ages 3 to 7. And best of all, these can be paired with other Melissa & Doug playsets.

This pretend play money set features denominations from $1 to $100. It comes with a resealable storage bag and a list of teaching tips.

This pretend play money set is one of the few that features the half dollar coin with John F. Kennedy on it. While not as common, it is legal tender and can be used in real life.

Expert Commentary

Teach your kids about the value of money through fun playtime activities. Role-playing games can make your little ones understand real-life situations involving money. Play money can also help them learn how to count and understand other mathematical concepts such as decimals and fractions. Get these sets to teach your kids valuable money lessons.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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