Product Review Sunday
During the holidays we spend a lot of money to share gifts with others, making this the perfect time to teach kids about money. Yesterday, we highly recommended sharing the children's book, Not Your Parent's Money Book by Jean Chatzky with your charges to help teach them about money management. Below are some super games and toys to help teach kids about money.
Learning Resources Money Bags A Coin Value Game
This is a fun way to learn about combining coins. The object of this colorful and compact board game is to earn money while winding along a cartoon path. Money is earned by landing on a square labeled with a practical chore, such as setting the table (31 cents), or an entrepreneurial endeavor, such as a lemonade stand (15 cents). In order to collect money, the spinner is used to determine which coins can or cannot be taken from the bank. If the spinner lands on "no nickels" then you collect your change with any coins except for nickels. There's an additional incentive to use critical thinking and coin combining skills. Extra money can be earned if you land on a "Bank Exchange" space and exchange your coins (for example, two nickels for a dime). As you may have suspected, the player with the most money at the end wins.
Learning Resources Pretend and Play Checkbook with Calculator
Kids love to play like they are a grown up. With this pretend checkbook they can fill out pretend checks, make payments, and calculate their balances as they learn about check writing. The calculator is battery-powered, and the checks are actual size for even more realistic play. Includes 25 checks, check register, pen, calculator, deposit slips, and an instruction card. Replacement set includes: three pads of checks, three pads of deposit slips, and three sheets of check registers.
Learning Resources - Buy it Right Shopping Game
Teach kids the importance of money recognition, adding, and making correct change through interactive game play. Kids can set prices, buy and sell items, and learn the value of money as they move across the game board. Includes game board, calculator, game pieces, 40 paper play bills and 100 plastic coins. Game board measures 19" x 19". For 2-4 players.
Learning Resources Cash N' Carry Wallet
Get set for a pretend shopping spree with this grown up wallet. Includes 30 bills, 40 coins, credit card, and bank card. Made of nylon fabric with Velcro close. Features driver's license window, zippered coin compartment and suggested activities. This toy is intened for children 4-years and up.
Summit Zillions Deluxe ATM
Smashing your piggy bank is a thing of the past with this ATM machine that works as a personal savings bank. The large screen welcomes you by name, then gives you all of your up-to-date account information. Its built-in camera and sound effects are so real, you'll think you just pulled into the bank! Requires 3 "AA" batteries (included).