7 fun books and games to teach kids money skills

By Elisa Chia   — June 15, 2016
  • HOW TO MAKE MONEY: SMART WAYS TO MAKE MILLIONS
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    by Christopher Edge, (Scholastic, $15.84 before GST, from major bookstores)
    Pet-sit, walk or groom the neighbourhood dogs. Turn a beading hobby into a jewellery business. Churn out a book or magazine. This book is filled with fun ideas and simple instructions to help your child turn her interests into a quick buck for her next weekend out. Who knows? She might even be the next big entrepreneur in the making. For ages six and up.

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  • EVERYTHING MONEY
    2 / 7 EVERYTHING MONEY

    by Kathy Furgang (National Geographic, $19.55 before GST, from major bookstores)
    So Junior already knows how to spend money. But how much does he know really know about it? Part of the National Geographic Kids Everything series, this book is filled to the brim with colourful infographics, photos and fun facts, including the history of various currencies from around the world. For ages eight to 12.

     

     

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  • THE PENNY POT
    3 / 7 THE PENNY POT

    by Stuart J. Murphy (Harpercollins, $9.10, from major bookstores)
    Jessie wants to have her face painted at the school fair but doesn’t have enough money. Will she have enough after her friends leave their extra coins in the penny pot? Have your youngster practise counting coins through this simple story. The book also includes a list of activities you can do with her to further explore the maths concepts presented. For ages seven and up.

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  • SLUGGERS’ CAR WASH
    4 / 7 SLUGGERS’ CAR WASH

    by Stuart J. Murphy (Harpercollins, $9.10, from major bookstores)
    The Sluggers are raising money to buy new uniforms. Introduce your kid to the concept of receiving money and giving change in return using dollar bills and coins – a basic skill necessary to everyday life. The book also touches on simple accounting concepts, and weaves in a short lesson on working as a team to achieve a goal. For ages seven and up.

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  • POP TO THE SHOPS
    5 / 7 POP TO THE SHOPS

    $34.90, from Growing Fun
    Buy groceries using play money while visiting your friends, and be the first to fill your shopping basket to win. This colourful shopping game is designed to teach children how to handle money and give change. It also encourages concentration and observation, promotes personal and social skills, and helps develop number skills. For ages five to nine.

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  • CASH AND CARRY
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    $84.90, from Growing Fun

    It’s a race to return home in this game. Help Junior practise his money skills by taking turns moving around the board and buying items when you land on a shopping trolley square along the way. Be careful, though: You’re out of the game if you run out of money. For ages five to nine.

     

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  • MONOPOLY EMPIRE
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    $59.90, from Toys “R” Us and major department stores

    Your child may not know Marvin Gardens or Park Place, but he sure knows McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. And now he can own those – and many other top brands – in this fun adaptation of the classic real-estate trading game. Your kid will love making his own financial decisions while having fun. For ages eight and up.

     

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