Fun activities to teach kids about money

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It's never too early to teach your kids about the value of money. Whether it's the importance of saving, or working to earn pocket money, it's important to instill good financial sense into your children from a young age. This could help to get them into good money habits for the future, and become more aware of the pitfalls, such as problems with unsecured debt.

Here are a few fun ideas for teaching your kids how to look after the pounds and pennies.
  1. Think about getting your kids a piggy bank. It seems very simple, but letting your kids save up their pocket money and other 'income' and see it grow from week to week can teach them valuable lessons about saving up for more expensive items (like a brand new pair of trainers, or the latest toy), rather than spending it all in one go. Some piggy banks come with music, flashing lights - or even 'donate' and 'invest' compartments, which could help your kids think about the importance of giving to charity, or putting money into a fund for when they're older.1
  2. Why not teach your kids to recognise different types of coins and notes? You could play a game of matching pairs to help them distinguish between 20 pence and 50 pence pieces, or five and ten pound notes. You could also make 'coin rubbings' using white paper and wax crayons to make imprints of the coins, helping your kids to identify the different values along the way.2
  3. Consider playing 'shop' to help teach your little ones the value of money and what they could actually buy with it in 'real life'. Give your child a 'budget' and let them go round 'buying' items, guiding them along the way about what they can afford and what choices give value for money. This can help teach, at a young age, the importance of budgeting and not getting into debt - as they can only spend the amount they have.
  4. Give your children an allowance. Whether it's every week, or on a monthly basis, give your kids regular pocket money and increase the amount as they get older. You could 'top this up' in return for your children doing jobs around the house, such as doing the washing-up or cleaning the car, which in turn will help to teach them about the importance of hard work and its financial returns.
Sources:
  1. http://www.msgen.com/assembled/money_savvy_pig.html
  2. http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Put_Your_Money_Where_Your_Math/
  3. UK debt and budgeting information
  4. US debt and budgeting information





  1. What do you do to help teach your kids about money?

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  1. We do many things to teach our son about money. My favorite lesson is having him clean out his old toys before Christmas and his birthday to make room for the new. We have a throw-a-way pile, a give-a-way pile and a sell pile. The sell pile is his favorite. We will either do a yard sale or put said toys on ebay. He gets to keep the profits.

    Speaking of profits, he's been dogsitting for our neighbors', who are going to pay him when they return. I help him a little, but its his first paying gig.

    And of course, we have taught him about comparison shopping along with consumer education. When kids start to get a little older, its fun to use the internet to read reviews of toys and check the prices at different retailers, read where its sold locally from the manufacturer's site to see if any local business without a website have it at a better price (we like to support our community's economy) and figure out the big picture: Is it really better to drive 30 minutes to save 30 cents?

    Teaching children to be educated consumers, who think beyond money is a must in this age. All your lessons can be built on to teach personal, fiscal and social responsibility.

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