Published on: 16 Oct 2017
With just over two months to go, your thoughts might be turning to what you’re going to buy your little ones for Christmas with your hard-earned cash. They're probably bombarded with the latest toys on TV, but why not introduce some games where they can learn about money and numbers and still have fun. Here are some ideas, but search online for many more.
Pop to the shops board game – Ages 5-9
Helps children learn about handling money and giving change. Go round the board from shop to shop using plastic money to buy lots of different items. Links with National Curriculum Maths. [Under £10]
Monopoly (Junior) – Ages 5+
Monopoly games have been entertaining families since 1935. Is there anyone who hasn’t played it! Monopoly Junior plays just like the classic game you know and love - build up your properties and bankrupt the other players by collecting rent. [Shop around, as we’ve found the price varies between £12.99-£16.99]
There are even Disney versions with their favourite characters, and we’ve found a Disney Frozen version going cheap at the Toy Shop - so you’ll keep MoneyFit!
Sum Swamp – Ages 5+
Roll the dice to start this addition and subtraction adventure. Players mover over the crocodile shortcut and through the endless loop to get to the finish line. The game is an ideal way to practice addition and subtraction, children are encouraged to add and subtract using the numbers 1-6. [Between £11-£14]
Pizza Fraction Fun Game – Ages 6+
Spin the spinner and if a fraction is displayed players choose a slice of pizza that matches that fraction. Other spinner spaces allow players to choose, lose or swap a pizza slice to get the fractions they need to complete their pizza. First player to complete the pizza wins. [Price - £16]
Chess – Ages 5+
You and your opponent are each in charge of an army. Your goal: to catch the other army's king before they catch yours. When you have him attacked and he can no longer escape, it's called 'checkmate', and you win! Research in the US showed that playing chess led to higher grades in English and Maths. [Prices vary from £5 upwards]
There are lots of websites with tutorials or download an app to learn how to play. There are also some great books about chess, so search online.
Books and apps
There’s a whole host of books and apps to help children learn about money. Take a look at Kidstart’s 5 Brilliant pocket money apps.
Search online for some amazing books that introduce numbers by telling a story – try Save your acorns*, Isobel’s car wash or Daisy and the trouble with Piggy banks.
And don’t forget to use our Christmas GoalSaver to keep your Christmas spending on track!
* Has been accredited by FairLife for financial education
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