Activities & Fun
Jokes & Riddles
How do you stop a bull from charging?
You take away its credit card!
If money grew on trees, what would be everyone's favorite season?
What type of money do crabs use?
How is the moon like a dollar?
They both have four quarters.
How much money does a skunk have?
What did the dollar name its daughter?
Why did the student eat his dollar bill?
His mother told him it was for lunch!
What is brown and has a head and a tail, but no legs?
What did one penny say to the other penny?
Let's get together and make some cents.
I knew you were a nut!
Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
Because they're always a little short!
What has a hundred heads and a hundred tails?
One hundred pennies!
What did the football coach say to the broken vending machine?
Give me my quarterback!
What did the duck say after he went shopping?
Put it on my bill!
When does it rain money?
When there's change in the weather!
Where can you always find money?
In the dictionary!
How do dinosaurs pay their bills?
With Tyrannosaurus checks!
Where do fish keep their money?
In a river-bank!
Where does a penguin keep its money?
In a snow bank!
Where does Dracula keep his money?
In a blood bank!
Learn About Money
What is money? Money can be almost anything, as long as everyone agrees on its value. One of the earliest forms of money was metal, such as gold or silver. In North America, Native Americans used beads made of shell, called wampum, as a form of money.
Before people used money, they bartered, or traded, things they had for things they wanted. For example, a person may have traded three goats for two sheep. Each person had to give the other something they wanted and everyone had to agree that their value was similar.
People have used money for more than 4,000 years. It is believed the government of Turkey was the first to make coins which were a combination of silver and gold called electrum. Many ancient peoples including the Greeks and Romans used coins. The first types of paper money were used in China more than 1,000 years ago. Early paper money was a written note that a person could write which promised to pay a certain amount of gold or silver money later. Later, governments began printing paper money.
Today, paper money and coins that are used are called currency. Each country has its own form of currency. In the United States and several other countries, the currency is the dollar. Other common currencies are the euro, the peso, the pound, and the yen.
Pennies buried in a garden will repel slugs, which get electric shocks from touching copper and zinc.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a $5 bill.
It takes about 4,000 double folds (first forward and then backward) before a bill will tear.
At the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 37 million notes roll off the presses — per day. Almost half are $1 bills. Almost 95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in circulation.
Worn coins are melted down and used to make new coins. Worn bills are shredded. Some shredded bills are recycled and made into roof shingles or fireplace logs.
A stack of dollar bills one mile high would be worth 14.5 million dollars.
Though discontinued, technically, high-denomination bills ($500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $100,000) are still legal tender. They were last printed in 1945 and discontinued by july 14, 1969. The present denominations of U.S. currency in production are $1, $2, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills.
More Monopoly money is printed each year than actual money.
The first coins were minted around 2,500 years ago.
The Romans were the first to stamp the image of a living person on a coin.
There are eagles printed on all US currency.
How a Bank Works
Ways to Earn Money
How Coins Are Made
Credit: United States Mint
Field Trip to the Money Factory
US Currency Features
Credit: US Currency Educator Program
Journey of the US Currency
Credit: US Currency Educator Program
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