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Play Money for Kids

Miss Leyba loves playing with money and credit cards and quite frankly I got tired of her playing with my wallet and putting my library card who knows where. Something had to be done.

So we made her some play money and credit cards to go in her very own wallet:

We used the cardboard cards that come with those annoying credit card offers in the mail.

On Photoshop I quickly whipped up some 3.370 × 2.125 inch credit cards at a 300 dpi resolution with Miss Leyba’s face and pretend bank and card info.

We cut them out, mod podged them on to the cardboard cards, decorated them with stickers and glitter, let them dry, covered them with mod podge again and voila!


Welcome to the Bank of Spritzer Leyba!

Quite honestly if I could do it again (and I probably will), I would print her pictures out on heaver card stock (not regular printer paper) and would glue it on with regular glue (or a thicker coat of mod podge). Then I would probably laminate the cards instead of covering them with mod podge. That way my daughters beautiful face wouldn’t be covered in brush strokes. She didn’t seem to care at all… that’s one thing I love about toddlers: they’re easy to please!

We also made her some pretend money. I found photos of dollar bills online and made them smaller than real bills so she could hold them more easily in her hand. Then I printed them on heavy cardstock and cut the bills out. Here they are next to real money:

See? Much smaller!

She keeps them in her wallet along with her new credit cards. Miss Leyba’s crazy about shopping and, finally, she can treat me!

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12 Comments

  1. She is so adorable, I’m so proud!

  2. oh man, what a great idea! better keep her off of amazon and ebay now… :)

  3. That is so cute! I read the font as “Bane of Spritzer-Leyba” at first and LOL’d. Credit cards are definitely the bane of good money habits, or can be in any event! Now I can see that it says bank.

    Now what is she going to buy?

  4. What a great idea! Those credit cards look real!!! She’s ready to shop!

  5. Well SOMEone’s having fun… (Isn’t it great to have a child to do projects with? I LOVE that!)

  6. super fun! Vaughn loves cards and money too! esp coins…which was okay until Anya started crawling, etc…

  7. YAY!!! Lee and I are so excited for your visit to Fort Collins :)

  8. my gosh – you are an amazing mom! I wish I was creative like that!!!!

  9. GRRLLL, I so loved seeing you on the “path,” last night. We’re ON for playtime in the hood,..or where ever our fancy takes us.

  10. What a fabulous idea! My son loves destroying my wallet so this would be perfect for him. Thanks for the idea!

  11. where did you find such quality photos? The ones I have found are too pixelated when resized.

    • I found the play money on this website here (the original image came from a newspaper). I took her scanned image, adjusted the colors, and changed the size so it would be more kid friendly and my daughter could hold it easily in her hand. Hope this is helpful and good luck!