Money, money, money! Learning about money is an essential skill for children. Without this knowledge, they won’t be able to function in the adult world. From identification to counting skills, budgeting to making change, we all have to know how to use money.
Learning all about money doesn’t have to be boring though. Try these fun, educational ideas to keep your children engaged while gaining valuable life skills. You’ll find resources for children in grades PreK all the way through 12th. Please note, all of these ideas are based on U.S. currency.
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Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Money
Money Bags – A fun, engaging game that helps children as young as 7 learn all about money and counting. Life-like play money is incorporated into the game play, so kids will practice counting bills, combining different combinations of coins, and more.
Loose Change – The buck stops here in this game of counting and coin recognition! Be the first to have a pile of cards add up to exactly one dollar.
The Game of Life – Kids can live out their dream jobs, make their own decisions, and go on fun adventures in this The Game of Life game. This classic game has been updated to include career choices like video game designer, a firefighter, and secret agent.
Coin Toss Game – Reinforce money skills with this simple coin toss game. Ideas for using this activity with both younger and older students.
Pay Day – The classic game of Payday makes family finance fun as it reminds everyone just where the money goes.
ThriveTime – This reality game gives teens a real look at finances. It teaches financial management and cash flow skills in a fun and engaging way.
Money Match Me – Practice counting change with these learning cards.
Money Battleship – Practice counting change with this fun Money Battleship game!
Moneywise Kids – Two simple, fast-paced games to improve valuable math skills that kids will use all of their lives like making change and budgeting money. Also includes tips that parents and teachers can use to connect Moneywise play with the real world.
Play Money Set – This realistic set gives hands-on practice for your children. Also includes a wallet and checkbook.
Stack the Coins – This easy game can be played from preschoolers and up. Just adapt it to meet the skill level of your child.
Exact Change – Learning to count money just got even more fun with this all new card game. Exact Change offers an exciting way to understand money in a hands on activity that is both entertaining and educational.
Buy It Right – Reinforce the importance of money recognition, adding, and making correct change through fun game play. Set prices, buy and sell items, and learn the value of money as you move around the game board.
Monopoly – It’s classic Monopoly fun! Build your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties.
Cashflow for Kids – An educational board game that simulates real life financial strategies and situations in a context that engages and educates your child. CASHFLOW for Kids teaches them how to have money work for them.
Money Bingo – Add pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters in this Bingo game. Unique six-way format adapts to a variety of skill levels.
The Money Muncher – Grab a tennis ball and create this fun game! This is a fun way to work on coin identification and also counting skills.
Allowance – Wash the car to earn $1.30…but forget your homework and lose a turn! This fast-paced game is perfect for learning how to handle money, make change & more.
If you’re looking for ways to practice money skills on the go, check out this list of money game apps at iGameMom.
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