We love to play games at our house.
Playing games with my kids is one of the easiest ways to connect with them. I’ve found that when we are having fun my little ones are open to teachable moments. Games have led us to talk about things like not quitting, sportsmanship, competition and compassion. It’s also sparked conversation about money.
Here are some money games that are fun to play:
- Monopoly - Created in 1934, this is a game of luck, chance, saving and spending in the real estate market. It takes a long time to play but it's challenging and enjoyable for all ages 8 and up.
- Monopoly Jr. - This is a version of the classic game for little ones. It's just as much fun and doesn't' take as long. Ages 5-8
- The Game of Life This was one of my favorite games growing up. Players get married, have kids, and make choices about their careers and homes as they travel along the board. The goal is to save enough money to win the game. For ages 9 and up.
Other games you might want to try:
- Moneywise Kids There are two levels of play, so young children just learning to count money and make change can participate. Once your child can do this easily, the second level of play teaches kids to save money to meets their real-life expenses as food, medical care, and taxes, as well as pay for unexpected costs. Two players, Ages 7 and up.
- The Allowance Game In this game, players practice earning money and saving it for something big or spending it on something silly. It reinforces the idea of short term saving and making wise spending choices. Ages 5-11
- Buy it Right Players race around the board doing chores and collecting an allowance. They practice managing money saving and spending it on the things they want. Ages 6 to 9
- Learning Resources Money Bags A Coin Value Game In this simple game, participants do chores, even become entrepreneurs to earn money. The spinner determines how the money will be paid out, giving the children practice in counting and making change. The player with the most money at the end wins.
These are some online game kids can play on their own:
- Mad Money This object of this game is to save money for the things you want and need. You are given 30 "days" to earn, save and spend to meet your goals.
- Peter Pig’s Money Counter This game is for kids ages 4–7. Here they practice sorting and counting coins with the help of an adorable Pig Named Peter.
- Money Metropolis - This game is for kids ages 7–12. They navigate a multi-dimensional world, and make choices that will affect their virtual bank account.
- Counting Money This is a fun one for kids just learning how to count money.
It's easy to learn when you are having fun, so why not give a few of these game a try.
What games do you play with your kids?
This post is a part of a 31 Day Series on Kids & Money.
Yesterday's Post: Day 18 – More on Chores