If you are teaching children about the value of money and how to add and subtract different types of coins, make the lesson more interactive by using actual coins. Take it one step further by helping the children make their own fake coins out of a polymer clay, such as Sculpey. This hands-on activity will get children excited to learn about different coins and their values.
Roll out a 1-inch piece of Sculpey polymer clay into a 1/4-inch-thick sheet.
Press different coins into the sheet.
Cut around each coin with a clay knife.
Turn the clay and coins over, and press a duplicate coin onto the backs of each one.
Remove the coins to reveal the impressions.
Place the coins onto a cookie tray.
Place the tray into a conventional oven at 200 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Allow the coins to cool completely.
Paint the coins with different metallic acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before using the faux coins.