/ January 13, 2023/ Board Games, Card Games, Math Games/ 0 comments

The possibilities for learning about money with board games are awesome. There is so much variety! Then, of course, there’s buying board games, shopping sales, and how to fund your gaming habit.

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For learning about coins, my family went with the game Money Bags. I have also heard that the game Exact Change is a favorite with many, but I have not played it myself so cannot speak to it.

Money Bags
Monopoly board

Monopoly has bills down to $1, so is great for learning about smaller bills. My family has never finished a game of Monopoly, but that’s okay; we simply play until we’re done. Then we put it away.

PayDay is more in the middle, with play money bills from $100 to $10,000. I appreciate that we can choose how long this game lasts, and still “finish”.

PayDay game board
Game of Life board

While I did finally decide that I didn’t like the Game of Life, it’s great for teaching about big numbers. The play money bills start at $10,000, and go up to $100,000.

I did enjoy having all of these games for learning about different amounts of money.

Discount also has bills down to $1, so it’s a great substitute if you’re one of the many that can’t stand Monopoly.

Clumsy Thief instructions

And then Clumsy Thief is a totally different sort of game, but still so much fun!

Learning about money with real money

So many games have money as part of them, so it’s easy to use games to learn about money. However, my kids have learned the most from having their own money. I pay them for chores and other tasks, and then they are free to spend their money as they choose. We talk about sales taxes, too, so they know they always need to have a bit extra. 

Then they get to learn from their choices, like the time my kids blew all their money at a hotel arcade and then didn’t have the money for the candy they wanted. However, I’m totally delighted they learned about the dangers of gambling (which is essentially what those claw games are, and what we related them to) at 7 and 8, rather than 20 and 30. I’m a big fan of kids taking risks when the stakes are low!

All in all, while we love our games, nothing beats real-life money experiences. In fact, one of the ways I taught my kids about coins was by teaching them how to play poker! We used coins from our family’s coin jar (the same coin jar I paid my kids for chores from), and my kids got to keep any they had left.

How have your kids learned about money? What are your favorite money games?

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