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My oldest daughter loves change. Not the ‘things are going to be different’ kind of change, but rather the spare kind that jingles in your pocket or purse. For several years now, Abbi has collected various types of coins. She’s not into rare or historical coins – but rather specific types or years of coins.
For example, there’s her 1984 penny collection. Why 1984 pennies? I have no idea. Even she doesn’t really know why she picked that year to collect. But any time she spies a penny or sees that I’ve gotten one as change, she has to check to see if she can add it in to her collection.
Abbi’s other coin collection is a more common one – she’s been collecting the different state quarters that were minted from 1999 until 2008. She’s not worried about the quality of the coin at all. Doesn’t matter if they’re in ‘mint’ condition or not. She just wants to have them all. And again, any time she spies a quarter, or someone she knows has one – she has to check to see if she already owns that state. She keeps a list on her phone of which ones she already has and which she still needs.
Last week, I got a huge hug from Abbi when she got home from school. That’s not totally uncommon, although now in her teenager years hugs do tend to be fewer and farther between. However, it was also the enthusiastic ‘I love you, Mom!!’ that made my day. She had spied the box that had arrived that day for me to review – a 3D Coin Art™ model by New York City-based NSI International Inc. They make two different 3D Coin Art models – an American flag, and the Empire State Building. Our model is the American flag version and Abbi was thrilled.
The plastic model snaps apart for easy access to insert dimes, nickels and pennies to create the flag design. When filled, the flag contains $25 worth of coins. The set comes with two coin counters to help determine exactly how much change you have. There’s also a plastic stand so that you can display your filled (or partially-filled) flag.
Abbi immediately pulled out her 1984 penny collection to fill in some of the red stripes. The white stripes are made up of nickels, while the stars are made from dimes. Although you can wait until you collect the entire $25 to fill in the flag, Abbi chose to fill in as much as she could to start and is already starting to collect the rest of the change that she’ll need to fill in the rest. Since she’s almost done with her state quarter collection now, this will give her another outlet for her spare change collecting energy for quite some time, I think!
The model is easy to pull apart and put back together but Abbi noted that you have to take the two halves of the flag apart first. The model fits into the black plastic base and then is held up by two brackets that snap into the back. It took only a moment to figure out how it all goes together and it seems very stable when standing, although ours isn’t very heavy yet since it’s not very full. It will be easy for Abbi to quickly snap it back apart to continue adding change as she collects enough pennies, dimes and nickels.
I love that this not only gives Abbi an outlet for her spare change obsession, but it’s a wonderful family activity as well. For younger kids, it’s an opportunity to help reinforce math lessons on which coins are which and how much each type is worth. Kids can use the coin counters to help determine how much each stripe is worth and how many dimes are necessary to fill in all of the stars. And then when the flag is complete, it’s not only a unique display piece, but a coin bank as well. Instead of hiding everything away in a plastic pig or other figurine, kids can easily see exactly how much change they have.
You can find the 3D Coin Art models online at http://www.3dcoinart.com/.
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