Here we are, summer at last and the kids are already bored. If you want to have them exposed to a hobby that teaches history, encourages habits of perseverance, thrift and instills a perception of value then maybe you should closely consider numismatics. Many of this generations serious coin collectors started when they were children. It is amazing to me the number of stories I hear about a thoughtful relative who gave a budding collector a coin book or a few coins and their interest exploded from there. Many new collectors want to learn more about the period in which their coins were made. This engages them in research. These young collectors soon realize that they'll need to pay more than face value to fill some of the spaces in their album. This teaches them to earn and save money, and to develop the ability to make a plan and stick to it. Young numismatists or YNs also learn how to shop and compare, and to find the most for their money. A local coin club, or organization can provide an outlet where they can meet other collectors, learn about their hobby and build new friendships based on common interests. A good way to start is to buy a coin folder for Lincoln pennies, a Guide book to US coins and a magnifier. Mention that you read it here and we will offer you a special value on just such a set.Then let your children go through your change coins for a first hand experience and salt a few unusual ones for them to find! Be careful though. You may create a coin monster!!!