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May 5, 2021

All About Money

Grade 1 to Grade 6: Get your students talking about money with this lively and interactive virtual classroom presentation.
April 3, 2020

Avatar Market

Practice making financial decisions by buying clothing and accessories for avatar puppets.
September 5, 2017

Build a Bank Note: Classroom Resource for Teachers

Teach your students about Canada’s history, land and culture – with money!
June 24, 2020

Colouring Time!

Let your creativity shine with these colouring sheets.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Arts Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten
May 17, 2021

Counting Money and Making Change

Introduce your Grade 2 students to counting money and forming change combinations. Use these four sets of money math activities individually or in the order listed in this lesson.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Math Grade level(s): Grade 2
November 27, 2020

Exploring Coins and Bank Notes

Hands filling out a form on a table with art supplies and paper play money.
Explore Canadian money with young learners using our printable worksheets.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Math, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 1, Kindergarten
April 15, 2020

Money Slime

Use slime to learn how to recognize and count coins.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten
October 21, 2021

Needs or wants? That is the question!

Do you need it, or do you want it? That’s an important question to ask before buying anything. This activity is designed to teach kids how to prioritize their needs and wants, and how to make informed choices when shopping.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Financial literacy, Health Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten
April 28, 2020

Piggy Bank

Practice saving money with this fun piggy bank craft.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Arts, Financial literacy, Health Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
June 15, 2021

Pirate treasure

Have fun making pirate coins based on historical examples from our collection and create your very own treasure chest.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Arts, History, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten
February 26, 2021

Playing with Economy

By: Graham Iddon


A diverse group of 4 young children playing a board game.
There might be only a handful of basic game formats, but there is an infinity of variations—a surprising number of which require the skills we need to manage our daily economic lives.
November 27, 2020

Printable Play Money

A collage of cartoon characters, paper play money, pencils and scissors.
Practise counting and exchanging coins and bank notes with our printable play money.
November 22, 2019

Surprise, It's Money!

Grades 3 to 8: See and touch an amazing array of objects that have served as money at one time or another. Then join us in the Museum—explore the games, multimedia, videos and even more surprising artifacts. It’s fun, engaging, and a great way to learn the role the Bank of Canada plays in the Canadian economy.
May 5, 2020

Thank You Coupons

Exchange goods and services by creating a special gift for a loved one.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Arts, Language arts, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten
July 7, 2020

The Art of Guilloche

Explore the art of guilloche. This technique was used to make symmetrical patterns on Canadian bank notes.
Content type(s): Activities and games Subject(s): Arts, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
October 28, 2020

The Economics of Suppertime

Make grocery shopping an economic lesson by helping your kids prepare a meal plan, and shop for ingredients based on a budget.
March 18, 2020

Trade Rules

Introduce three basic economic concepts: consumers and producers, goods and services, and trade. Students will play a game to understand the benefits of trade.
Content type(s): Lesson plans Subject(s): Financial literacy, Social studies Grade level(s): Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
March 14, 2019

Trading Planets

Grades 4 to 8: Travel to planet Plutopia on a trade mission with your students. Once there, you will see that trading goods without a common currency poses some serious problems. Trading Planets uses interactive, game-based learning to teach about trade, currency, and supply and demand.
October 2, 2020

Trading Planets

Take a trade mission to planet Plutopia to discover why trading without a common currency is hard.
November 27, 2020

Understanding Money: Common Questions

By: Nathan Sells


Ever wondered who decides what goes on Canadian coins or bank notes? Or why our coins have certain names and our notes are different colours? Use this guide to help answer some of your money-related questions!

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