For Christmas this year, my awesome sister made up a “world of coins” binder for my 7 year old. Inside, tabs divided the sections into continents with blank maps. As my son collected coins, he was to color and label the country on the map, and then add the coin to the pages within the right continent.
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We asked aunts and uncles if they had any coins from around the world, and added them to our little book. He ended up with a few from each continent, but asked for more. Then we discovered the Little Passports World Coin Collection! In your package, you get started on your “world of coins” collection with 20 real coins from around the world, such as a centavo from Argentina and a kopek from Russia. We were thrilled to explore the coins and kit with the little magnifying glass.
The kids couldn’t wait to open it and play with the coins- all shiny and clean. The coins come from a diverse range of countries on all of the continents (except Antarctica). In the kit, you also get a little storage pouch, and an incredible 10-page booklet featuring fun coin games, activities, and trivia:
Ricky dove in and started to figure out the coins’ continents, and then locate the countries on the maps using his globe. He was so excited to have 20 different new countries!!! Coin collecting is a great practice in geography and reading, as kids pour over the coins for details while deciphering the symbols, the year they were made, and country of origin. With these coins, it’s easy to find information because they look like brand new coins (in fact many said they were never in circulation!). We printed out blank maps from here for our world of coins book. For the back pages, you can get these plastic sleeves to store the coins, and these cardboard holders that slide in the pockets on the plastic sheets.
Are you ready to start coin collecting? 🙂 We’re teaming up with Little Passports to giveaway one Little Passports World Coin Collection to a lucky reader in US, Canada, UK, or Australia! If you are chosen, you’ll receive the entire kit with 20 real coins from around the world, a special pouch, mini-magnifying glass, and world of coins booklet.
Once you’ve decided to have a coin collection, ask all of your friends and family if they have any extra coins from their travels! Remember when you go abroad to save coins too- my kids are excited to travel this summer and collect coins from Germany because they want to fill their pages with coins. I explained that this is a lifelong hobby, and that it will definitely take time to collect so much currency:). “So can we go to ALL the countries to get different coins??”
Also, if you’d like to collect US coins, don’t miss the new book Coin Collecting for Kids by Steve Otfinoski. Kids learn about the history of money, take a tour of a mint, and are introduced to the hobby of coin collecting. There are cardboard coin slots on each page to collect the 50 statehood quarters, the $1 Presidential Coins, and the Westward Journey nickel series.