April 2nd marks the 222nd anniversary of the first U.S. Mint facility to open in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a lot has changed since 1792! The services that the Mint offers have expanded and their website is a great resource for educating children and expanding their knowledge of Mint history, democracy, and government.
The website has several fun games that educate on the basics of coins, democracy, and the Mint history. Here children can go on an adventure with Lewis and Clark, design their own coin, or take an IQ challenge. With over twenty different activities to choose from it is easy to find one that will keep their attention.
The interactive cartoons on the Mint website allow children to explore topics and learn in a fun way. There are currently three available animations and including one that they can watch to follow the birth of a coin. A note on their website also says they are working to develop these to work with tablets and smart phones so that is another advancement that is on the way.
An entire section dedicated to coins and fun facts! Kids can read about changes coming with coins in the quarterly online newsletter and keep in the loop. Who knew that five new quarters were being released this year? Not me, until I saw the newsletter. Kids can also check out the coin of the month in this section.
For avid collectors and newbies alike this section has all of the information they need to know about collecting. There are several lessons available, an online glossary of coin terms, and a library for them to search for information. Collectors can also get ideas on fun activities and links to minding coin collecting clubs in their area.
Under the Mint History section children can explore the different US Mint facilities and their history and take a virtual tour of the coin-making process. Parents can look at this section too and get information about an in-person tour at the Philadelphia or Denver Mint.
The U.S. Mint website also has a section for educators with printable lesson plans, engaging activities, and games to play in the classroom. The lesson plans cover a variety of subjects and can be broken down based on grade level and interest.