More and more parents are thinking about different financial literacy activities for kids. Many lessons can be learned about the power of saving and investing wisely in today’s weak economy. There are many easy and fun ways to teach youngsters about the value of money. Some of them include teaching children about finance during shopping trips; encouraging young ones to save money in a piggy bank/retail bank; and creating worksheets for young ones. Each of these will be discussed further below.
To begin, one of the most effective ways to teach young people about personal finance is to make shopping trips learning experiences. For instance, if a parent takes his or her youngsters out grocery shopping, he or she can teach them about using coupons, comparing brands, etc. Obviously, as the child grows older, more can be introduced to him or her.
Personal finance for kids starts at home. Parents, especially those with very young children, can also purchase “piggy banks” to teach kids about the power of effective personal finance. The youngsters can be encouraged to put some of their allowance money (if applicable) in the bank, as well as some of the money that they receive for birthdays and holidays. Once the children master this concept, parents can go on to explain the importance of saving money in a retail institution, ie one where interest could be earned on the money. As the parents will be guardians on their young ones’ accounts until the children are of legal age, they can illustrate this by opening CDs for their sons/daughters.
It is important to note, families should not wait for their children’s schools to bring in a financial literacy for students program. However, try to work with the school so all your childs peers will benefit. Starting a Money Management Kids Club is one idea to introduce schools to financial literacy.
Last but not least, parents and guardians can make finance fun and simple for youngsters by creating fun worksheets for them that illustrate the importance of saving and spending money wisely. There are many Internet resources that could assist people in this regard, and they can be found via conducting searches through the main search engines.
In conclusion, there are many activities that parents can use to teach their young ones about personal finance. These include making shopping trips into learning experiences, using a piggy bank to start instilling the concept of saving, and creating fun financial worksheets.