School holidays with the kids are hard work at the best of times but at this time of year, when the weather is little temperamental to say the least, it can be hard to keep them entertained when you’re stuck indoors. This half term we discovered a new pastime which was right under our noses involving money but without actually having to spend any. Sounds too good to be true? Well thanks to Change Checker we discovered that checking our coins can lead to lots of exciting discoveries and the children have been doing it ever since!
Discovering coins with Change Checker
Change Checker is quite simply a fun way to check and collect your change to discover any hidden treasures which may be lying in your purse or your pockets in the form of special edition coins. I had no idea that there are so many collectible coins circulating right now, some I am sure we have handed over without a second glance, and yet thanks to our Change Checker Album we have started to build our collection and it really is such a fun activity to share with the children.
Change Checker even have a useful app where you can find, collect, and even swap your coins with other collectors which makes building your collection even easier. With new coins being released all the time the children are already anticipating their next coin with their absolute favourite being the newly released Gruffalo coin.
The Gruffalo Coin
The Gruffalo 50p has been issued to celebrate 20 years of the modern classic story by Julia Donaldson and is the first time The Gruffalo has featured on a UK coin. It comes on a collectors card for safe keeping or can be removed and stored in the Change Checker Album.
The Gruffalo coin is only available to buy via Change Checker (priced at £3.99 + p&p) and therefore can’t be found in your change. It’s the perfect keepsake for coin collectors and a great way to get your children interested in coin collecting and money in general.
Our Change Checker Album
Inside of the Change Checker Album you will find a number of pages with perfectly sized plastic pockets to slot each coin card and later, should you discover it in your change, the coin itself.
It takes a little patience to go through each coin and yet Eva, aged seven, has literally been going through every coin in my purse, Gaz’s wallet, and our piggy banks, hunting for special edition coins to add to her collection.
Although we haven’t found any yet, she is keen to find one of the Beatrix Potter 50p’s, another firm favourite of ours. Along with these you can find Paddington Bear, Olympic events, historical events and famous land marks. She is also desperate to find one of the A-Z 10p’s, particularly an E for Eva.
Not only is this a great way to occupy the children when you’re indoors, but it’s the perfect way to familiarise your child with coins to assist their mathematics. I think children always learn better with a hands on approach and so using our coins and a few simple maths puzzles, we have been able to combine learning and fun and all three of the little ones progress has been amazing!
Start collecting today!
For anyone thinking about starting their own collection with the children, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. I know that on rainy days all I need to do is pull out my purse and a handful of loose change and they will be in their element checking each coin against their albums. I recommend starting with The Gruffalo coin to really get their interest.
For more information on Change Checker you can visit their website here where you can access their shop, blog, and information on each of the coins. Make sure you check out The Gruffalo coin and remember to keep checking your change after all, you never know what hidden treasures are hiding right in front of you, or behind you as the case may be….
** We were gifted The Gruffalo coin and Change Checker album for the purpose of this review and compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own. **