Whether you're a classroom teacher or a homeschool mom, you may find yourself having to teach money skills. But handing out stacks of real money to seven year olds just isn't practical most of the time.
A great way to solve this problem is to use realistic pretend money. Some math curriculums come with pretend play money in their manipulatives kit. But if you aren't so lucky, you will need to provide your own.
So how else can students learn about the value of money without using the real thing? The answer is printing your own play paper money.
I like printable dollar bills that are as close to the actual size as possible without wasting a bunch of paper. I also like the colors to be realistic too (like printing on green paper rather than hot pink). This help students transfer their new money math skills from the classroom to the real world without a lot of confusion.
Luckily, you don't have to create your own classroom money. I have done the work for you!
This is a free set of printable dollars that you can use for educational purposes. It includes $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills that are perfect for to use with math games or role-play activities or as an instructional aid.
You can either print just the front side, or you can use the back sides too by printing front-to-back.
➡️ To download both files to use with your child or students, visit: Free Printable Play Money for the Classroom
There are so many educational uses for play money in the classroom. Here are some ideas:
- as a visual aid when teaching students to identify money
- as a math manipulative alongside counting money worksheets
- paired with a printable math board game
- to set up a pretend store or pretend bank to practice counting money and making change
- for classroom rewards as part of your behavior management system
- for a classroom economy where students earn "money" for completing specific jobs