If you happen to have some extra fake Spanish money burning a hole in your pocket....
I just love the clever idea my son's teacher had to teach the kids how to count in Spanish last week. She asked each child to bring in an item that they would be willing to donate to a class auction. Something small that another child would be willing to bid on. My son scoured the house and finally settled on three very old, unopened McDonald's Happy Meal toys. Each child was then presented with 100 (fake) Spanish dollars to bid on the auction items.
My son had his eye on a mood ring but was outbid. He was, however, the proud winner of a mysterious beaded ornament (I think that's what it is anyways) and the lovely fall treasure pictured above. Somewhat surprised by the items he chose, but he had a great time counting in Spanish and competing in the auction process. And he still had 11 fake dollars to spare at the end of the day.
I would have loved a game like this when I was growing up. And more importantly, I'm always happy when a teacher can find a creative, exciting way for the kids to learn.