Introducing the new Gruffalo coin with Change Checker

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. ** 




  1. March 11, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Ooh I didn’t know there was a gruffalo coin now. That’s very cool. I have a bunch of the Beatrix Potter ones and the Paddington bear one I think 😄

  2. March 11, 2019 / 9:36 am

    Beautiful photos! I thinking of new things for me and the kids to do might try this plus they’ll be so excited to hear about The Gruffalo coin, its the favourite book.

  3. March 11, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Definitely a fun activity, we collect currencies from around the world and keep them in an album. We need to start checking coins.

  4. March 11, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Who knew? But what a fun thing for kids to collect.

  5. March 11, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    So cute, we’ll be on the lookout. We did find a Beatrix Potter one.

  6. March 11, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    I used to collect special coins when I was little, I remember having them in a solid plastic case! Love the Gruffalo one – too cute!

  7. March 11, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    We could really do with the album and have loads of Beatrix Potter coins and some Olympic ones too! Definitely going to check out the app!

  8. March 12, 2019 / 12:10 am

    Seems to be a great new activity/hobby. Doing it with kids makes it more special though. A bonding moment!

  9. March 12, 2019 / 12:45 am

    This looks like a great hobby to pick up! I have never collected anything, but I am sure I’ll start once I have kids

  10. Geraline Batarra
    March 12, 2019 / 10:09 am

    This activity looks so fun. Kids nowadays should learn keeping or collecting old stuff. This was something really fun to collect and look back in the future.

  11. March 12, 2019 / 10:31 am

    Aww these are just adorable and such a fun collaboration! I really want to get a Gruffalo coin each for my daughters 🙂

  12. March 12, 2019 / 10:49 am

    Whoa! First time I heard, a sure niche here – We’ve been collecting coins for several years now. Thanks for the heads up and information – I will definitely tune in for more.

  13. March 12, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    This looks like a really fun hobby for the children to do and I know our daughter would really love this kind of collecting

  14. March 12, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    The Gruffalo is very special to us as Oliver loved the story and always had a Gruffalo cuddly with him. Poppy loves the story too. I’d love to get one of these as a keepsake.

  15. March 12, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    What a great idea, my daughter would probably love this as she is learning about coins at school and she is busy collecting all the Beatrix Potter and Paddington ones at the moment x

  16. March 12, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    That Gruffalo coin is adorable. I absolutely love this idea, my kids would really enjoy it.

  17. March 12, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    Wow I literally had no idea there were so many collectable coins…my daughter loves checking out all the different designs on coins so would love this!

  18. March 12, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    oh this looks fabulous and my girls are always sorting out their pennies, comparing which ones they have and looking at all of the images!

  19. Monidipa Dutta
    March 12, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    I had never heard of this just read about it now. And it is indeed good. I’ll check it out.

  20. March 12, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    that is super cool – the gruffalo coin.. i do love collecting coins too.. (i collect the us state quarters – have some pending at this time; and coins from around the world when we travel;; )

  21. Whitney Kutch
    March 12, 2019 / 11:00 pm

    Wow, I’ll have to start paying closer attention to what I have in my pockets! I never take the time to look closely at my coins – I definitely will now!

  22. March 13, 2019 / 8:00 am

    I haven’t seen the gruffalo one! My son has £50 in Peter rabbit 50p’s as his nanny and gramps have been collecting them. I will have to look at this, thanks for sharing.

  23. March 13, 2019 / 11:39 am

    Ah this is a good idea! We did a money-counting activity over half term. I had a 2ft tall plastic coke bottle full of 1p, 2p, 5p, and 10p – it wasn’t quite full, but the bottom had cracked. So we spent two days sorting all the coins out, counting them and bagging them up!

  24. March 13, 2019 / 11:40 am

    What a great idea, my girls would love this. Alice is into the detail on things and I could see her looking through and collecting them x

  25. March 13, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    Ah this is amazing. We love the gruffalo! What a lovely thing to collect

  26. March 13, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    This is such a fun hobby. I have also started collecting coins when I go on holiday and visit different countries. Its such fun tales to tell

  27. March 13, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Oh, wow I didn’t know there is such a thing to check for special coins. I’ve actually started collecting coins last year. This is a great knowledge to have, thank you!

  28. Razena
    March 13, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    I think one of my nephews would love this but we don’t really have any collectible coins back home. He does love money games and at 8 yrs old got me playing some special cheat’s Monopoly bird game until he was broke 😂

  29. March 13, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds very interesting! My grandfather used to collect coins but I’ve never sat down to see where they’re from or what they’re worth. Very cool post! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Wendy
    March 14, 2019 / 7:31 am

    Oh this coin is so cool, my boys love the gruffall! Coin collecting seems like a fun little hobby, that album looks great xx

  31. March 14, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    I had no idea they had released a Gruffalo coin……I certainly won’t be spending one if I come across it

  32. Melanie williams
    March 15, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    What a super cool hobby for people and an easy and tidy way to collect coins. Some of the illustrations on coins are fab xx

  33. March 15, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    This is such a good idea and so lovely to keep too! Most kids love the gruffalo and this sounds like such a good way to learn about currency!

  34. March 18, 2019 / 2:14 am

    That Gruffalo coin is amazing, my boys would love this and so glad you highlighted it as I never would of know it was available, also that app sounds so cool too – we collected a bunch of the Beatrix potter coins

    Laura x

  35. Jennifer Prince
    March 18, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    I need to test out one of these machines sometime. They are way more convenient than trying to count and wrap everything myself!

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