School Age Options
Before you can focus on more complicated concepts like saving and investments, kids have to learn the basic concepts of what money is and what different bills and coins are worth. Here are five more game suggestions for your little money-mavens:
- Learning Coins - Learning Coins from ABCYa provides kids with an introduction to what each of the different coins is, how to recognize them, and what they're worth.
- Money Bingo - Also from ABCYa, Money Bingo lets kids put their coin knowledge to use, along with some math skills, to fill a virtual bingo card.
- Dolphin Feed - Once you've mastered those first two games, ABCYa has one more financial literacy game for students at a slightly higher level. Dolphin Feed lets you compete against other kids to see who can make the right change the fastest.
- Escape from Barter Island - Escape from Barter Island helps kids learn just why we use money, to begin with. It teaches what bartering is and shows why it's less practical than currency. This one does require some reading, so you might need to help the younger kids out with it.
- Dollar Dive - From the U.S. Mint, Dollar Dive is a cross between Dolphin Feed and Space Invaders - your character has to "catch" coins as they fly above to make enough money to move forward.
- Financial Football - From Visa's Practical Money initiative, Financial Football mixes financial literacy in with America's favorite sport (for kids that prefer soccer, they have an alternate version).
- Hot Shot Business - Hot Shot Business takes kids to Opportunity City and gives them a chance to run a popular local business – with all the challenges and successes that come with it.
- Thrive and Shine - Thrive and Shine is an app from Mind Blown Labs that lets players choose a character and profession and then make and spend money throughout the game based on the challenges that arise. It brings concepts like emergency funds, investments, and taxes into the game.
- Gen i Revolution - Developed for middle school and high school students, this online game gives kids the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against classmates. The game includes sixteen Missions in which students attempt to help people in financial trouble
High school and beyond
- Get a Life - Get a Life lets students pick a career and then create a budget and make other spending decisions based on the monthly salary that comes with it.
- Awesome Island - Players start with the kind of job options available to most high school students and a set income, and are given the option to invest in an education to move into a new realm of job options. On their journey through different levels of education and career, they learn about the spending choices that all adults face, like taxes, philanthropy, and investments.
- The Stock Market Game - Learn to play the stock market without the risk. Students can get a feel for how investing works, the risks involved, and which investments are the best choice.
- Gen i Revolution - From the Council for Economic Education, Gen i Revolution gives players a series of missions, each designed to help someone with a financial challenge, teaching players important financial skills as they go.
- Invest Quest - Modeled after a board game, Invest Quest helps older students test their financial knowledge to better understand how to make good investments.
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