It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Fortune 500 – Look Out!

“Hey, guys, let’s play store!” Emma has a PD day today. (PD means Professional Development day. Teachers go to workshops; children stay home and help their mommas in their daycares. I love PD days.)

“Yes!” says Arthur. “And will you buy one of us?”

“No, silly. I’m going to sell one of you to the gypsies.”

“Yay! I like gypsies!!”

“No, really, what we’re going to do first, is make ourselves some money.” Emma distributes squares of white paper to the boys. “We’ll make five dollar bills.”

“I wanna six dollar bill!” George is feeling a little competitive today.

“Sorry. There’s no such thing as six dollar bills. There’s five dollars, ten, twenty, and a hundred. No six dollar bills.” No fifty dollar bills apparently, either, but if Emma doesn’t know this, a bunch of three-year-olds certainly don’t need to.

“Can I make a two dollar bills?” Darcy asks as he takes his paper.

“No. There’s no such thing as that, either. I’m not making coins today.”

Emma hands everyone a blue crayon. “Here you go.”

“Can I have a green crayon?” George asks.

“What’s the number I wrote on your bill, George?”

“It’s a five.”

“Right. And five dollar bills are blue. If you want a green one, I’ll have to give you a different paper, and make yours a twenty dollar bill. So, do you want blue or green?”


Darcy wants green. “Because green is more than blue, George.” Not bad for three, to figure out that twenty is more than five. Not bad at all. He decides to pursue this notion. “What’s more than green, Emma?”

“Purple. Ten dollars are purple.” Arthur decides to make a purple bill.

The boys happily occupied, Emma turns to Alice. “Okay, sweetie, would you like to colour some money for our store, too?” Yes, Alice most certainly would!

Darcy looks up. “Alice should have pink money!”

“That’s a nice idea, Darcy, but there’s no such thing as pink money.”

George begs to differ. “Yes, there is! My mummy gots pink moneys.”

Emma looks to me. I confirm, yes, there are pink bills. That would be the fifty she didn’t know existed.

“Fifty? That’s a lot of moneys!” Darcy is impressed. “Alice’s favourite colour is the colour of big moneys!”

Big moneys. Way to go, Alice.

March 27, 2006 - Posted by | Alice, Arthur, crafts, Darcy, George, socializing, the things they say!


  1. Kids. We’ve finally begun tinting our bills slightly but I’ve always liked your color coded system.

    Comment by Granny | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Who knew Barbie was such a high roller? Hee hee

    Comment by kittenpie | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. Yay Pink monies!!!! Don’tcha juust love it that the pink one is ten times the worth of the blue one? There’s a battle of the sexes metaphor in there, I’m sure.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  4. The colour of big monies—I love it!
    We’ll see Mia dressed in her pink power suits in a few years–the color of big money!

    Comment by LoryKC | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  5. Ah, if only I could turn a 5 into a 50, just by getting a different crayon:-)

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. I’m jealous! Your money is so much prettier than ours. That’s funny that Emma didn’t know about the $50 – although maybe it’s a good thing! 😉

    Comment by Kristen | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. What a great idea. I was sitting here wacking myself for not having thought of it for my own children and then I realized, “Oh yes. We are not Canadian.”

    This dental pain? She is making me STOOPID.

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  8. *laughs* My mom loved PD days as well (though where we’re from, it’s called Act 80). These kiddos are too cute.

    Comment by Rhapsodie | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  9. I have only seen a couple $50 dollar bills in either currency in my life, which is probably why Emma didn’t know about them! I think that the first time I ever held a $50 dollar bill I was about 13 and making an exchange in Toronto- I’ve only ever had one $50 U.S. bill. I think it’s because people ten to want smaller money for items.

    My grandfather (who lives in Ontario) and I have arguments over who has the “funny” money- I have to say you win with all the colours!

    Comment by Angela | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  10. My aunt (who is a Canadian living in Ohio) loves to tell the story about the time she went to get Canadian currency from the American bank, and the teller took forever counting it out and then proclaimed that she didn’t know how we Canadians kept it all straight with it all being funny colours. My aunt cheerfully informed the girl that the colours correspond to denominations (“all the fives are blue, the tens are purple…”) and the poor girl was floored. “You don’t say! Now if that don’t beat it all to heck!”

    Like, duh?

    Comment by Haley | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  11. It looks even prettier all together like that! A rainbow of money. Now THAT I could use!

    Comment by AverageMom | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  12. I love the fact that our money is colour coded. It makes it so easy in the wallet. And you never accidentally hand over a $50 when you meant to give a $5.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  13. yes, it’s lovely for fishing out of wallets and pockets, and it’s also practical for people whose eyesight might not extend to reading, but can see colour. We think of *everything* up here!

    Comment by kittenpie | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  14. George’s Mummy doesn’t go to Starbucks I guess. You know they won’t take $50’s in like 50% of Starbucks here.. I think it all just a ‘get our card’ scam. These bills — despite what my bank machine thinks — are barely money.

    And to that word ver. says SKEKDVRS!! which I think is Finnish for bastards!

    Comment by mo-wo | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  15. Granny: Tinting? So they’re all still green, but with hints of another colour in them?

    Kittenpie: Barbie has to be a high roller: all those gizmos, yet never a hint of a job. Ken doesn’t appear to have one, either, so he’s not keeping her. I guess they’re both just independently wealthy.

    (Colour-coded money has always made utmost sense to me!)

    MsS: Or, another reason why it’s smart to step outside the stereotypes in one’s views of gender. (‘Specially for the men, it seems…)

    Lory: We may just! (She has a decent leg-up in this pursuit, fortunate child: there is money in her family.)

    MrsA: Indeed. The children are willing, but their skills are weak. No evidence of incipient counterfeiters among them.

    Kristen: One of the things that struck me as a child when we went south of the border was how boring the money was. I felt sorry for the poor people down there, with that drab stuff in their wallets. Though I suppose if you have enough of the stuff in your wallet, that would be adequate compensation.

    Jen: “Here kids, let’s colour money! Here’s a green crayon. Oh, and a green crayon. Oh, and another green crayon!! Isn’t this exciting??”

    Rhpasodie: Hello, and welcome! I enjoy these kidlets – they are very cute. “Act 80”, huh? Sounds like a book of the Bible gone to extremes. 🙂

    Angela: I think you’re quite right: Emma didn’t know about 50’s because she sees them so rarely, though why she’d then know about 100’s which she may never have seen, I don’t know!

    I agree about the labels: ours has to be the “funny money”, because drab green is, well, drab…

    Haley: Gracious. You’d think, working in a bank, she’d have had slightly more familiarity with the currency than that. And slightly more brains, all in all… Still, it makes a good story!

    AverageMom: Isn’t it pretty? I loved the lavishness of that first picture – though more pink moneys would be better. (And even a few browns for good measure!)

    MsS: Me, too. Which now causes me to wonder, though: the blind, how do they manage their money? Is their anything tactile built into the bills, or needs they must use a system of organization and trust of the sighted?

    mo-wo: You have WAY more Starbucks out there than we do here. They’re here, of course – they’re everywhere – but not in such epidemic numbers.

    Here, just about every business treats anything over a 20 with suspicion. It’s not a problem, though, because most businesses have those scanner devices. Slide the bill in and get the green light if it’s good. Which it always is.

    “SKEKDVRS” sounds like something the Swedish chef would have said. Bork, bork, bork.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 28, 2006 | Reply

  16. There are braille dots in the top right corner of our bills, so we DO think of everything 🙂

    Saddly we also have braille on the drive thru bank machines and I don’t even want to THINK about that!

    Comment by Monica | March 28, 2006 | Reply

  17. In the UK (where paper money was invented – ha!), we have different colours & different sizes. It makes life sooooo much easier. Even the oldies manage to get it right:-)

    Of course, I have held a £50 once, and that’s as big as the notes go here.

    Most shops are wary of taking £20, because something like 40% of them atre forged! And few will take a £50 cos they “don’t have change”.

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | March 30, 2006 | Reply

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