I was teaching Sierra how to count her money the other day when we came across an interesting dollar bill. It had an ink stamped message "See where I've been, track where I'm going, please register me at www.WheresGeorge.com." Curious, I went online and discovered the Where's George? bill tracking site.
This is an interesting idea. You enter the serial number and series of your bill and find out where your bill has been. According to its tracking report, Sierra's stamped bill started off in New Hampshire and traveled 179 miles in 154 days, 9 hours and 34 minutes, an average speed of 1.2 miles per day. You even get a little map that traces your bills route. The tracking report also shows the flags of the states where your bill has been. I tried registering a few more bills, but the stamped dollar was the only one with a history.
The only problem now is convincing Sierra not to keep this special dollar. It has to stay in circulation to track it, after all. She wasn't keen on trading for one of my dollars because this was HER dollar bill. It would have been so much easier if I had found the bill in my wallet. No money stays in there very long!
If you happen to come across a bill with a Where's George? stamp on it (Where's Willy in Canada) be sure to register it. It's an interesting lesson for the children. While your there you can check out their cool links about money.