Stay At Home Challenge

For all of us stuck at home wondering how we’re going to deal with the next few weeks, we thought we’d share an as many ideas as possible to help keep your kids occupied, and learning.

And there’s prizes for sharing how you get on. See Terms here.

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#19 Which way to pay?

Stay at home challenge – Which way to pay? Cash is fairly easy for kids to understand, but other methods from plastic cards to smartphones can be trickier for kids to get their head’s around.

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#16 Choose a cause

Stay at home challenge – Choose a cause. Discuss some potential causes your child could support, and encourage them to choose one that matches their interests and matters to them.

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#11 Family Dinner Party

Stay at home challenge – Family Dinner Party. This one is a great way to bring together a lot of big money lessons in one simple… meal! Get the kids to organise Saturday night’s dinner.

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#10 – 1¢ or $1000?

Stay at home challenge – 1¢ or $1000? Which would you choose? It’s a simple question, with a surprising answer. And a great lesson on the power of compound interest, for all of us.

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#9 Aiming for Goals

Stay at home challenge – Aiming for Goals. Kids love thinking about what they want, and what they can buy. So use that enthusiasm to help them draw up their own budget.

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#8 Wallet Workout

Stay at home challenge – Wallet workout. Quite simply, your kids tip out all the cards in your wallet, but this time, instead of getting angry, you turn it into a money lesson!

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#7 What do I do all day?

Stay at home challenge – What do I do all day? Take this opportunity to talk to your kids about your job? What do you do, and why? It could get them thinking about what they want to do too.

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#6 Home Tuck Shop

Stay at home challenge – Set up a tuck shop at home. Laura Symond’s genius way of keeping the kids from nagging for sweets whilst also teaching them some valuable money lessons.

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#5 Retro Board Games

Stay at home challenge – Dust off those retro board games. Monopoly and The Game of Life are great games that involve concepts like earning and saving, so are full of valuable lessons.

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#3 Wizard Chess

Stay at home challenge – Wizard Chess. Get a couple of big bags of pennies (or anything that’s stackable), and a chessboard. A great way to show the power of compound interest.