The thrill of gifts on Christmas morning is wonderful, but how many of those presents remain well-loved and useful, well after the wrapping paper has made it into the recycling? Not as many as we would like. Nevertheless, there are a few stocking fillers that both entertain and educate kids, helping them become more financially prudent adults in later life. From entrepreneurship to economics, cash register change to countrywide taxation, here are six gifts that help build financial literacy!
1) Playkidz Interactive Toy Cash Register (Ages 5+)
There’s a lot of supermarket cash register sets on the market, but Playkidz version has it all – from a working scale to a live microphone! There’s also a key to lock and unlock the register drawer, the credit card makes a beeping noise when swiped and the scanner lights up and beeps when the button is pushed. This realistic cash register set lets children as young as three role-play the kinds of grocery shopping trips they’ve seen mom and dad carry out.
Skills learned: an understanding of money, shopping
2) Osmo Pizza Co. Game (Ages 5 to 12)
Halfway between a board game and a video game, Osmo’s pizza business simulator is a really fun way for kids to learn about money, handling change, and simple entrepreneurship. Played on either an iPad or an Amazon Fire tablet, but also using board-game-style counters and pieces, the game lets kids assume the role of a busy pizzeria owner, serving customers, preparing the dishes, and handling the change. If the customers get the wrong coins back, they get a little cross, so this game is also a good way for children to learn non-verbal communication, and simple, cash register etiquette.
Skills learned: cash management, entrepreneurship
3) Money for Beginners (Ages 8+)
The British publisher Usborne has a well-earned reputation for producing informative, fun, tightly researched, beautifully illustrated books for kids, and this edition is no exception. It covers personal finance, with entries on earning, bank accounts, and borrowing, as well as governmental money, with descriptions of how states go about spending, taxing and managing inflation.
Skills learned: personal banking, basic macroeconomics
4) The Game of Life (Ages 8+)
Monopoly might be a better-known bank-note-focussed board game, but The Game of Life actually dates back a little further, and is better focussed when it comes to personal finance. Players don’t simply invest in property, but also get married, take on pets, establish careers, have kids, and try to avoid bankruptcy. All in all, it’s a slightly closer approximation of real-life finance, while remaining a fun, family-friendly game.
Skills learned: adult personal finance, an understanding of what can happen when things go wrong
5) Legend Planner - organizer notebook and productivity journal (Ages teen and up)
Planning, saving, and budgeting probably aren’t at the forefront of most teenagers’ minds. Yet, keeping a diary or journal remains a fairly popular activity. This detailed planner and organizers lets its users set out plenty of life goals, including financial ones. Within these pages, they can dream about their future, and perhaps even lay down plans to pay for it.
Skills learned: budgeting, saving, planning
6) RoosterMoney allowance app (Ages 4 to 14)
A RoosterMoney account is also a great way to teach young minds about money. The app lets families keep track of all pocket money in one place, both at home and on the go, while encouraging kids to manage their money between spend, save, give, and goals pots.
And with Rooster PLUS, you can power up your account with extra features like chores tracking to encourage earning, setting Interest Rate to encourage saving, and more!
Skills learned: saving, spending, budgeting, earning money from chores, shopping
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