As part of our study of Jamaica, we studied the Jamaican Dollar – I found a collection of Jamaican coins on eBay and thought they would be perfect for our unit activity.
The Jamaican dollar has been the currency of Jamaica since 1969. It is often abbreviated to J$, the J serving to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents. The United States dollar is also a predominate currency in Jamaica – when my husband and I were in Jamaica we paid for everything in our native currency and it wasn’t a problem.
We compared the different coins to our United States cent coins.
Jamaica has several coins currently in circulation – the cent coins have been demonetized because their value is so low (1, 10, 25 cent). There are also 1, 5, 10 & 20 dollar coins. We compared each coin to their numerical equivalent (not value), then my preschooler wanted to line them up, sort by size and color.
I’m trying to teach my kiddo the foundation for units of measurement – we love playing with different money from around the world and compare it to what we use. If you have older kiddos, you could also compare relative value with an exchange calculator to increase the challenge of this activity.
What fun to play with money from around the world!