Teaching your kids about money doesn’t have to be boring. Try turning your activities into something fun and creative, and something they’ll remember.

You can turn any everyday activity into a financial learning experience for your kids. Consider using one (or more) of these activities to get your kids to learn about money.

  • Decorate a piggy bank out of anything, including mason jars.
  • Draw pictures of items or experiences they would like. Hang the finished artwork on the refrigerator as a reminder of what they are saving for.
  • Create a fun jar with ideas for free activities you can do together. The kids could decorate it and share their ideas. Some ideas may include a movie night, game night, or a trip to the park.
  • Decorate a lemonade stand. Your kids can learn how to buy and sell items to neighbors.
  • Teach the concept of recycling by making crafts out of ordinary items you would normally throw away such as toilet paper rolls, jars, and boxes.
  • Let the kids create and decorate their own play money.
  • Pretend your kids run a restaurant. Have them think of the menu, prices, and shopping list for the ingredients. Your kids could even dress up as waiters and you could pay them with play money.
  • For the older kids, Monopoly® gives them the opportunity to learn money management, real estate, and even investing. The game of Life is also a great option to teach life skills including saving up for retirement.
  • Pretend a room in your home is a store. Allow your kids to use play money for physical items to teach them budgeting, financial decision making, needs vs. wants, and commerce.
  • Turn saving for a trip or item into a contest. Make it a competition to see who is the most creative and saves the most toward a goal. Map out your progress by designing a savings chart on a poster board.
  • Play money games online to teach basic money concepts.
  • Make a budget pie chart out of a real pie. Your kids are not only going to get a sweet dessert, but also teach them budgeting.
  • Show your kids the value of giving back by choosing a charity or volunteering like at an animal shelter.
  • Teach your kids to donate old toys and clothes to charity.
  • Take your kids to the bank with you and show them how to make a deposit, withdraw money, or open a savings account.

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