Print Play Money
There are a variety of ideas where you can print play money to
use in real life, fun situations for kids. Using pretend dollars and
cents gives kids practice with counting, handling and understanding
the importance of cash in everyday life. While real cash could be
used instead, play money can be reprinted when it gets lost or
damaged. As children get older however, play cash will no longer
hold their interest and real dollars and cents will in real
situations have to be used instead.
We've included here several ideas on how to use printable fake money
with your kids and checks you can download and print off.
What to do with printable play money?
For younger children you can give them an allowance in play dollars
that they can turn in for something else. You can create a prize box
and fill it with candy, small toys, stickers, etc. They in turn can
use their play cash to buy prizes.
With your kids help, create a menu with prices for each item. Let
them order dinner from the menu and pay the bill with play cash just
like they were really at a restaurant.
Gather and set up items from around the house and create a shop. A
grocery shop, toy shop or clothing shop all work well for pretend
play. You'll need one cashier and at least one shopper. This is
great practice for adding up dollars and cents and counting change.
Set up a teller station with printed pretend dollars and cents. Have
one child be a teller and another come to the bank to write a check
for cash or to ask for money taken from their "account." Give each
child a turn being the teller and counting out the change for the
Reward good behavior
When children exhibit good behavior, reward him or her with play
dollars. When they exhibit bad behavior, make them pay a fine. At
the end of the week hold an auction for prizes and goodies. This
will teach them that better behavior brings bigger rewards.
Have a home movie night or party
Rent a movie for a home movie night or have a movie party and use
pretend cash. Give the children and adults the pretend dollars and
let them buy their ticket, popcorn, treats and drink.
Create a juke box
Pick out a bunch of your kids favorite songs and allow them to use
play dollars to listen to the songs they want just like a juke box.
Printable Play Money
You will need Adobe Reader to open and read these documents. Print
many pages as you need. The printables comes in color but it
will also work if you'd rather print in black and white.
play money with fun faces
play dollars with animals
See our Teaching Money Skills
for more games and worksheets to print.
Share your idea for how you use printable fake money!
What games do you like to play with pretend money?