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How do the words "let's learn to manage your money" make you feel?
You likely had one of four reactions.
One, you became super excited and can’t wait to get started.
Two, your heart rate remained normal and your neutral reaction is sure, why not.
Three, you cringed and feelings of dread caused goosebumps to appear all over your body.
Four, you went into total avoidance mode and pretended you never saw those words.
If you are super excited or neutral, you are going to love today’s lesson.
If you are cringing or pretending the words money management do not exist, fear not. Today’s money management lesson is going to be fun.
Financial education doesn’t have to be boring.
There are entertaining games that will bring everyone together for family game night, while simultaneously teaching your children about financial responsibility.
Without mentioning the words learning, management, or money, you and your children can get excited about investments, budgets, and economics.
These educational lessons have been cleverly disguised as games.
You and your child will have fun learning about money.
Sneaky secret – financial education games aren’t just for children. They are also for adults and the kid in you.
9 Financial Literacy Board Games, Video Games, and Card Games
Game Type: Board, Video
Monopoly is a classic board game that will teach your children the value of real estate. Your children will buy property, sell property, build their assets, and have their plans changed with the flip of a chance card.
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Game Type: Video
Animal Crossing is a video game in which economics lessons are cleverly disguised as gameplay. Your children will learn to pay their mortgage, invest in the stalk market, and build infrastructure to improve and sustain life on the island.
3. The Allowance Game
Game Type: Board
The Allowance Game is board game in which children must do chores to earn an allowance. Your children will learn to make change, save money, and manage money.
4. Stardew Valley
Game Type: Video, Board
Stardew Valley is a multiplayer, cooperative video game. Your children will learn to work with others, build a farm, and manage money.
Stardew Valley has also been adapted into a board game.
5. Cashflow for Kids
Game Type: Board
Cashflow for Kids was created by the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. The board game focuses on getting out of the rat race. Your children will learn about assets, liabilities, and financial decision making.
There is also a version of Cashflow for adults and older children.
6. Net Worth
Game Type: Card
Net Worth is a card game that requires strategy and critical thinking. Your children will learn about assets, liabilities, net worth, and how to protect their assets from financial crises.
Game Type: Board, Card, Dice
Catan is a board game that takes you back in time. Your children will learn to trade, barter, and manage their resources.
Game Type: Video, Board
Civilization is a series of strategy video games in which players gather resources, trade, and build alliances. Your children will learn to manage resources, negotiate, and build an empire.
There is also a board game based on the video game series.
Game Type: Video, Board, App
Minecraft is a video game with an infinitely expanding 3D world. Your children will learn to gather resources, exchange goods, build structures, and explore the laws of supply and demand.
After reading about all of the fun games you and your children can play, how do the words "let's learn to manage your money" make you feel?
Get your children excited about money management.
Create new memories of family fun as you play these games together.
Offer your children a head start. Give them fun gaming lessons in money management.
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