Believe it or not, the keyword search "How To Make Printable Fake Money" has a massive search volume on Google. Why?
Well, I remember playing with printable fake money in grade school, so the hopeful part of me assumes that people want to print this stuff out for lesson plans (basic math and fiscal responsibility!) The sad truth is that there are probably some geniuses out there thinking they can make counterfit bills from their HP Deskjet (gotta love recession-era innovation). This might explain the first few zero star ratings my article received (sorry, dudes, it's not an article about counterfitting).
Anyways, as my article notes, this is for educational purposes only! The bills are one-sided, and have the watermark of COPY.
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By bostontech, eHow Member
Printable fake money is a great engaging way to teach kids about commerce, responsibility, and even math! Free money templates are available online, where you can print play money for your children or students.
Things You'll Need:
* A color printer
* Thick, "resume" paper
There are many websites offering free printable fake money, but we'll stick with the most popular and easy one: www.moneyinstructor.com. You can get the direct link from the "Resources" section of this article. From there, you'll find .pdf templates for $1, $5, $20 and $100 bills. Save all of these templates somewhere easy on your computer (My Documents or the Desktop).
Next, load your printer with the thick, white or grey resume paper. Print off one sheet of each currency per child (each sheet will have four pictures of the bill on it).
Next, using either scissors or a paper-cutter, cut out the money pictures from each sheet. For a more authentic look, use a gluestick to paste two bills back to back (so they're double-sided).
Once you have all of the bills ready, you can play different games to teach about math and spending. Set up "shop," with pricetags on various things (box of pencils, a stereo, food). Ask your child or student: if you wanted X, Y and Z, could you afford it?
Tips & Warnings
* For an even more in-depth lesson, print out enough money for you (the "shopkeeper"), so when your child pays for something you can give back change
* There are also templates for coins on this website, but you could always just use your change jar for that
* Consider holding a "sale" at the shop with 50% off to teach about percentages
* This article is for those seeking to print play money to educate; these money templates are obvious fakes (watermarked with the words COPY) and attempting to actually spend them is a crime