Am I living in a bubble?
This question raises the possibility that I might not be getting the full story or any story at all when it comes to certain parts of the American population.
This thought occurred to me as I read a Mint press release about new kids games.
The Mint is to be commended for creating them.
All hobbyists have concern that there is not enough interest in coin collecting by kids.
One of the things that can be done is to try to expand kids’ awareness of coins.
The Mint has redesigned its H.I.P. Pocket Change website this year.
I have forgotten when H.I.P. Pocket Change got going.
However, in its early days, I used to get communications from teachers who used lesson plans and collectors who spoke in classrooms to keep putting numismatics out there.
Nowadays, not so much.
In fact, nowadays, not at all.
I cannot remember the last time I was informed of something like this.
That’s why when I became aware of the Mint’s latest efforts, I feel grateful, but also a little bit worried.
Counting with Coins is the newest Mint educational game.
It teaches basic math concepts and coin identification for grades K-2 in a fun grocery store setting.
It is one of six new games at the H.I.P. Pocket Change website.
Here is the full list of these games provided by the Mint:
Hoop and Darts – a challenging game rooted in Native American traditions that allows players to choose different settings and play modes.
Plinky’s Presidential Challenge – a fun trivia game to learn the order of the U.S. presidents.
Coin Memory Match – a classic matching game using the coins of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, which features U.S. national parks.
Making Change – an art game where users can design their own coins while learning about coin terminology.
Peter the Eagle’s Coin Drop – a fun flying game where players deliver liberty loans by flying a World War I-era plane.
I hope games like these are popular and kids are routinely being introduced to coins.
But since I no longer hear about this sort of thing, I worry I might be living in a bubble.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog for the third time in 2017. He is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."
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