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Using Coins to Explore the World

Using coins to explore the world is a great way to introduce kids to geography and world history!

Using currency to learn world geography

Mike did this fun geography activity with the kids over the weekend. He downloaded this map of the world from this free world map site, and then pulled out our foreign coins and had the kids match the coins to the map. It was a fun way to explore the world!

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Using Coins to Explore the World

Explore the world using coins

We have a pretty impressive foreign coin collection because I was raised in several different countries, and so was Mike’s dad. A lot of the coins we have belong to countries that now use the Euro, as well as some (Yugoslavia) that no longer exist. If you don’t have a foreign coin collection of your own, you can use these images of bank notes from around the world, or you can buy real world coins.

Use coins to start a conversation with kids about the world

Looking for more ways to explore the world with your kids? My world culture for kids series is a great place to start!

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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

19 thoughts on “Using Coins to Explore the World”

  1. We used to have stamp and coin collections :) I have no idea of what happened to my stamp collection ( I think my mom gave it to some kid while I went to college and they were moving) but my sis still has that coin collection :) But not as many as you …you have an Awesome collection (wow!)

  2. I always loved when my Dad came back from business trips because I could see all the cool coins he had from that. I should look through and see what all I have in my collection.

    For your summer board, you should check out Almost Unschoolers recent posts. They look like so much fun.

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    Yay for exotic coins! My dad would always bring them back from his travels. Nikki gets some when she goes busking, too – I guess certain people see it as a good way to offload foreign currency. This is a great way to put those coins to use!

    Also, a member of my local homeschooling group posted this link today, and I thought of you: http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/read-around-the-world/

    1. Thanks for that link! That is kind of cool that Nikki gets foreign coins, although it doesn’t help with her savings much I’m guessing…

  4. What a fantastic idea – I have loads of coins many from Europe that don’t exist any more and the kids love looking at them will have to download the map and explore the world with the coins.

  5. jeannine: waddleeahchaa

    Wonderful! I dream of one day taking our children around the world to create their own collections. I want them to experience other cultures and appreciate the amazing diversity of our world!

    1. I’m so glad you liked this idea! It was a fun extension on the various other activities we have done with our coins over the years.

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