Comment: I started this with my son when he was four years old

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I started this with my son when he was four years old

We took back returnable cans and bottles, exchanged them for the deposits, saved the paper dollars, quarters etc and went to the local coin shop. The shop is FULL of precious metal coins. When we walked in the first thing he saw was the SHINING GOLD AND SILVER, especially the gold coins.

We purchased a silver round, dimes and a couple quarters. I let him feel the difference in weight between the quarters and you should have seen the look of excitement and dismay in his face. He was awestruck. The first question out of his mouth was, "Why didn't we get very much, Dada?", still staring intently at the shiny coins. I explained to him fake money and real money. A young child who is fascinated with pirate treasure gets it, I think.

Now he wants some gold, and understands the difference between what is real, and what is not. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for.