Japan Unit: Learning About Japanese Yen

I have always been fascinated by world currencies and love studying different kinds of money as part of our world country studies.

My oldest is only three, so is not able to fully understand the concept of money, but she likes to compare, contrast, line them up by size/shapes/color. I also find that comparing coins for her is a sensory activity and gives her exposure to different type of money.

The Japanese Yen is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro. It is also widely used as a reserve currency after the United States dollar, the euro and the pound sterling.

My daughter called the 5/50 piece yen the “donut coins” because of their holes.

We also compared them to our United States coins in respect to difference between number values, sizes and colors. Let’s face it, playing with money is just fun! 🙂

Fun fact: The 1-yen coin is made out of 100% aluminum and can float on water if placed correctly.

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