Fake money is an easy project for adults and children that can be used in imaginary play and for instructional purposes. Although pretend paper money is readily available at discount, toy and grocery stores, making play money is a craft that can facilitate the recycling of paper or create opportunities for children to exercise their imagination in designing the money. Fake money can be made by hand or by printing free templates found online.

Making Pretend Money by Hand

Use a ruler and pencil to divide your paper into rectangles. The rectangles don't have to be exactly the same size.

Cut out the rectangles.

Draw a circle in the center of each rectangle. If you are using double-sided paper, draw a circle in the center of each side of each rectangle. Draw a face or any other image in the circle. Use stickers as an optional decoration within the circle.

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Denote the denomination of each pretend bill by writing the number to the right and left of each central circle. Use traditional values, such as one, five and ten dollars, or allow children to make up their own values. This helps children practice counting and writing numbers.

Color the pretend money with crayons or markers.

Printing Play Money

Download a free play money template readily available online. Some websites allow you to simply click and print without having to save the template. Pretend money is available in black ink only or colored ink versions. (See References)

Print the fake money with your computer printer onto white or colored paper. There are many available designs for pretend money online from traditional-looking money to dinosaurs and other fun characters.

Cut out the pretend paper bills. Allow children to color the printed money with crayons or markers.