I had some "gems" (floral arrangement beads) and "gold" (rocks from our yard that we spray painted gold) left over from a library program. I decided to add them to our sandbox and let the kids discover the treasure while they were playing. They loved panning for gold in the sandbox and the two youngest each gathered quite a collection. After a while, my oldest daughter asked her younger siblings if they wanted to play store and purchase some items that she had available (rocks, leaves, sticks, etc.) They said YES! This proves to me that even
imitation money can burn a hole in your pocket and further proves to me that my oldest is going to be in sales some how, some way, some day!