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Money Education for Kids

Money Matters

Tell me more about coins and bills!

America the Beautiful Quarters Games
Identify the state identified by the park on the quarter. Game played by years the quarters came out.

Change Maker
Guess the correct change and money goes from the cash register into your piggy bank.

Field Trip to the Money Factory
After 16 years of serving kids, their parents, and educators, the Kids.gov website has been retired by Trump’s decree.

Fresh Pick
The search for the next lunch lever. Make change for customers. The better you get the more tolls you get the next round.

Hip Pocket Change
US Mint’s page for kids. Lots of cool games and cartoons to help you learn more about coins.

How Money is Made – Literally
Currency production at the BEP is quite different from its beginnings in 1862, which consisted of a handful of people separating notes with a hand-cranked machine in the basement of the Treasury building. The production of U.S. currency is not an easy or simple task, but one that involves highly trained and skilled craftspeople, specialized equipment, and a combination of traditional old world printing techniques merged with sophisticated, cutting edge technology. There are numerous, distinctive steps required in the production process.

The MegaPenny Project
Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it’s still hard to grasp just how much a “billion” really is.

Money Flash Cards
Use this as a basis for using real coins and bills, which are far more motivating in a home learning environment.

Money Topics from AAA Math
Coins
Change
Adding and Subtracting Money
Consumer Math

Revolutionary Money
The monetary system in the colonies was “notable because it was based on thin air,” says Smithsonian numismatics curator Richard Doty in his book America’s Money, America’s Story. To make up for the lack of currency, the colonists would “replicate and create, try, reject, and redesign every monetary form ever invented anywhere else.”

Secrets of Making Money
Literally, how dollar bills are made and put into circulation. Try to spot bogus bills.

State Quarters
Thinking of collecting these new quarters? The US Mint site is the place to start to learn more about US coins and collecting.

The World of Money
Money is itself a convenient means of saving wealth. Other things of value, such as food or animals, cannot be kept for ever, but coins will last for long periods without deteriorating.

I want to find out about the money of other countries.

Banknotes
Site for serious collectors of paper bills, coins or stamps from other countries. Lots of good scans of banknotes from around the world. Message board for collectors.

Currency Exchange and The Gang of Fifteen
You’ll need to use numerous resources on the web to stop this international gang of thieves.

Universal Currency Converter
Want to see how far your money would go in another country’s currency? This online calculator will help you figure it out.

How does business work?

Barter VS Money
A booklet for 1st graders who are already able to count coins and bills. Students share the book Sheep in a Shop, by Nancy Shaw, to learn about choice,
making decisions, trade, and the barter system. They complete worksheets on comparing barter to the use of money in economic trade and using money in problem solving situations.

Be Your Own Boss
So you think it would be great to run your own business? Not everyone is cut out for it. How do you know if you have what it takes?

Biz Kid$ Series
Season 1 Available on Prime
From the producers of Bill Nye The Science Guy comes Biz Kid$, the fun, fast-paced series where kids teach kids about personal finance and business. Whether a handbag designer, podcast host, or a dog groomer, the young business owners on the series inspire viewers to turn their passions into profit. Comedy sketches and spoofs make the series a hit with kids and parents alike.
Available to watch on supported devices.

Consumer Reports for Kids
Be a wise consumer. This site has kids test various products and then reports which kids find best.

Jesse’s Ice Cream Stand
Help Jesse find the right combination of scoop size, price, and flavor. Game set by grade level.

Junior Football Manager
Have a go with our game that puts you in charge of the finances of a junior football team and discover the impact your financial decisions can have.


Lemonade Stand
Try your hand at this virtual business.

Math at the Mall
Practice math while shopping at a virtual mall.

My Own Business
A free, an online, eleven-session course providing the basic do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurs. Advanced, but not too advanced for the young entrepreneur.

Understanding Taxes
Now you can access online all the great educational content found in the Understanding Taxes program! The online version includes detailed lesson plans, interactive activities simulations, and more!

You Are Here
The Federal Trade Commission’s interactive site for kids. Learn how the nation’s consumer protection agency tries to keep things fair as you walk through this virtual mall.

What are banks for?

The Dummy’s Guide to the US Banking Crisis
A 3-minute version of the recent banking crisis, simple enough a child can understand it.


A History of Central Banking in the United States
If you want to understand the nature of a modern central bank, you have to study its history and relationship to commerce and government. This is especially true of the United States, where the Federal Reserve System’s unique structure has been shaped by this country’s earlier experiments with central banking, and by the political response to those experiments.

KidzBank Checks
These are PLAY checks that can be used to help you practice writing them out. You can carry them to the store (along with a home made bank book) instead of money. If you wish to purchase an item, you can write mom a check which she’ll cash in at your piggy bank when you get home.

Make a Piggy Bank
A cute papier-mâché pig-shaped bank that can be made by younger children with adult help.

Youth Credit Union List Serve
Want to start your own bank for young folks? For help, subscribe to the Youth-CU mailing List, send email TO: [email protected] BODY: subscribe youth-cu yourname. [Example: I would put annzeise] Youth-CU is a free service of Alternatives Federal Credit Union.

How can I become a millionaire?

Basic Compound Interest Calculator
This calculator helps you to understand how much money you can accumulate by saving small amounts of money each week in an account.

The Bean Game
Managing money means making choices. There is never enough money available for all of the things we’d like to have or do. This game will help you decide what is most important to you.

The Best First Stocks for Kids
A great strategy for finding stocks is to have your kids list products and services they know, like, and, ideally, use. Some examples might be McDonald’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Apple, Disney, IMAX, Netflix, Under Armour, Nike, Costco Wholesale, and Boeing. And there are many more terrific possibilities.

Budget Worksheets
Free worksheets in Excel, PDF, and HTML (webpage) formats. Blank ones as well as budgeting sheets for household expenses, vacations, and pets.

Find It: Money
Watch the PBS show Cyberchase and follow along with these money-related activities to print out and enjoy.

Gazillionaire
Windows. A wild, intergalactic game of business strategy. Sophisticated real-world economic tools help you determine where supply meets demand as you race to build your trade empire. The first company to reach a net worth of a billion kubars wins!

Googolplex: The CU Guide for Student Moneymakers
Divided into sections for elementary, middle school and high school levels. Takes kids through savings for desired expensive items, through teens on how to invest. (Note: this is the credit union where I save and invest the money I make on this website.)

Master Your Money at OppU
At OppU, you learn to take control of your money. Our free, standards-aligned courses help you set and meet your financial goals. So whether you’re preparing for the future or need answers now, OppU can help.

MoneyPalooza
A game to print out and play. You will need to supply your own dice and a marker to move around the board. A coin will do. Have fun figuring out how to be smart about how you earn, spend, save, and share with this board game.

Moneyville
Life and economics are all about choices: play your way to success. Become a neighborhood tycoon.

Planet Orange
Open your eyes to the world of money! Brave the desert, climb mountains, and dodge alligators while you explore everything there is to know about earning, spending, saving, and investing. From ING DIRECT.


Practical Money Skills
Ready to get your game on? Test your money skills and give your brain a workout with these fun and educational games.

Stock Market Game
Discover the risks and excitment involved in investing a pretend $100,000 in real-world stocks.

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