Hopefully this post doesn’t attract the attention of the United State Secret Service, unless they are interested in a little art project for their kids that does not violate Title 18, Section 471 of the United States Code. Emma, Johnny, and Lily have become really interested in money lately (e.g., see one of Emma’s quotes here). One of their favorite books right now is one we got from the library about the history of money. So, Emma thought it would be fun if we could make some. I cut out some Monopoly-sized pieces of paper and got out a $20 bill. All three kids got out their crayons.
Emma drew a happy face for Andrew Jackson on the front and indicated the denomination.
She thought the White House on the back was pretty cool. She was very interested to know that Obama lives there now.
I’m not exactly sure what Lily drew, or whether she was doing the same art project we were…
but she was very proud of it!
Johnny liked the $1 bills the most. He also invented some of his own currency.
We then moved on to foreign currency. Here Emma is copying the 5 euro note after finishing with the Canadian $10. I told her that I got the 5 euros from my trip to Italy a month or so ago. She said, “oh, that’s when you got us the astronaut ice cream.” (It was from that trip, but I bought the ice cream when I was stuck in Dulles airport).
Emma thought the watermark was pretty cool on the euros.
When I was little, I collected foreign currency. I thought the designs were really cool. I got many of them from my uncle, my parents, and the tooth fairy. I loved learning about the different countries and finding them on our giant map. I pulled out a binder full of currency from around the world and the kids got really excited to see how they are of all different colors, with some of them having pictures of kids on them. Johnny asked if one of them was from Argentina. I was puzzled for a moment where he got Argentina from, but then I remembered that it was one of the (many) countries he pointed to on the map in his doctor’s office a few weeks ago and asked what it was.
It was a really fun art project to do with the kids. Maybe next time we’ll see if we can do some watermarking.