Money Games for Kids
Money games for kids are a great hands-on way to teach kids the
essentials of using and managing dollars and cents. Many kids learn
and remember ideas better by doing activities, rather than simply
having things explained to them. There are plenty of games and
activities you can use to teach kids various concepts relating to
cash – in fact, you probably already have a few right under your
Money Games for Kids
The easiest way to teach a child anything is to make it fun. Math is
used in many aspects of our daily lives. It is very important to
integrate these two concepts, part of life and fun, into a math game
so children will enjoy learning about finances.
Money games for kids are available in all forms of gaming
whether it is a traditional board game, made up game or one of the
latest online games. Most of these math games portray a real life
situation where one has to use math to find a solution. It may be as
simple as giving change to a storekeeper or as complex as running a
Before choosing one from the variety of money math games for kids
available, you must determine the following:
- Does the level of the particular game match your kids
- How many players are required to play that particular
- Is adult supervision necessary for the correct understanding
of that game by the kid?
Trying to play the wrong money math games for kids may result in the
child getting overwhelmed or frustrated by the game.
Using Play Money Around the House
One excellent way to help your kids learn about money quickly is to
turn your household into a marketplace. Think about the way a theme
park will sell “Disney dollars” which can only be spent there at the
park. You can set up a similar system in your house using play
For instance, you buy a stockpile of candy – if the kids want some,
they have to pay for it in play
(of which they have a limited supply, of course). This
helps teach them to be wise about what they spend their cash on,
since they can’t buy everything with their limited amount. It will
also give them greater respect for the value of everyday household
items and food.
Printable Money Games for Kids
We have several money games available to download
. You will need Adobe Reader to view these games.
Counting dollars and cents flashcards
- practice counting
Counting dollars and cents flashcards
- practice add and
subtraction with American coin
Counting Euros flashcards
- practice add and subtract with Euro
Grocery Shopping Game
- Using real or play cash use this game
to practice spending money at the store with buying items in the
-players find a matching coin amount on their bingo sheet
to go along with the total amount read on the calling card.
See our Teaching Money Skills
for more games and worksheets to print.
Learning Games on our TMS site
practice making change
Cash Register Game
practice counting money
Store hide and seek
- Help children find value in money by "finding" money around the
house to spend in a "store"
Money Management Games
Money management games help kids learn skills such as decision
making, planning and managing money in real life situations through
a game. See our review and ideas for money
Online Money Games for Kids
There are lots of online games available these days that teach kids
about a certain aspect of managing finances. Games are great,
because they disguise learning under the cover of fun. Often, if you
sit kids down in a classroom-like environment and start lecturing
about spending and saving, they’ll switch off just on principle. But
if you can allow them to make the decision to start learning about
money through a fun medium, it makes the whole process much easier.
- Save up your coins in this online game and see if you
have enough in the end to buy your prized item.
your own Boss
- Test your business skills and see if you can be
your own boss in this online money game.
- practice counting pennies with this online
counting game. Great for Pre-K -2.
Fun shopping game online
- using British currency find out
what is the best savings when buying groceries in this online game.
counting our cents
- online money game
- This online game that teaches basic addition and
subtraction to a child. It also has a quiz module which asks
questions based on the age of the player. This game can be played
alone on a computer and comes with different sets of questions for
different age groups. In the game, the player has to keep buying
various everyday articles and with each purchase comes a question.
If the question is answered correctly, the change of that particular
purchase is added to the piggy bank. If answered incorrectly, the
change is deducted. The difficulty of the questions increases with
the balance in the piggy bank. Adult supervision is not necessary
for this game unless the child has trouble operating the computer.
Trip to Savings
- Help Ed save money online game
- using British currency
- what two items can you buy with the money shown.
- count dollars and cents and enter the amount with
this practice game.
- Which group has more?
Get Kids Involved in Household Finances
For older kids, introducing them to household finances can be a
great way to get them interested in learning. For one thing, they’re
dealing with real money – many older kids won’t have much enthusiasm
for a play money system.
Keep the activity simple at first – you can start with something
like allowing the child to create
for spending on afternoon snacks. This helps kids
learn to take responsibility for their spending decisions.
Money games for kids create common monetary occurrences in
everyday life and are very intriguing to a child. The introduction
to money and money transactions that these games provide is a
valuable learning experience.
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