Brenda, a working mother of 3 pre-teens, wanted her family to learn about money management together. The only problem was that she wanted it to be challenging and engaging for everyone. She didn’t want the parents to be bored or the kids to be lost.
Doing research online, she was delighted to find some money management games that she could design herself. That’s just what she was looking for.
Now that she knew specific learning goals of her family financial education program, it was time to think about how best to deliver the material.
Flexibility to accommodate all ages would come from a program that progresses based on achievement, not a timeline. Live instruction would be very important and best delivered via webinar, so they could go back and study the recordings.
The data proved success and Brenda created a report that she planned to use to get the support she would need to introduce her program to other families.
Games can be fun and educational for various reasons. We buy activities for children to teach spelling, to teach counting, even to teach coordination and critical thinking skills. Game platforms these days can teach almost anything subject, from number sense to foreign languages. There is another game that can be an immeasurable game for children and that is money management games.
Think about it. Very few life skills are as important as in the long run of life as teaching a child how cash works and the importance of good cash skills. However, sitting a child down and showing them the value of different coins and bills and then how to manage that cash will bore the hell out of today’s wired kids.
To really reach them you need a game that will make the experience enjoyable, fun and challenging. Kids respond better to learning when it is fun, a game does that.
Turning learning about cash into a game or buying a game that is geared to that lesson is a brilliant idea to include in your Money Management Programs. If approached in the right way the child will become immersed in his or her game and not realize that they are actually learning a very important life skill; one that can make their life more secure having learnt such an important lesson so early.
We stress to our kids the needs to learn how to read, to write and to be able to count. We buy them interactive activities for that, for languages, for critical thinking and a host of so many skills that will help them on the road to be a success in life. However, we seem to overlook the skills that will allow them to capitalize on the earnings for that success.
Activities that teach these skills are an investment well worth it.