There is almost no end to the wonderful fun resources and games for kids to help with their financial education. Here is another fantastic one.
“Bank Jr.” is the most fantastic, imaginative, coolest online money game I have ever seen! It is filled with SOOOOO many different features that I just don’t know where to begin.
It was the idea of a mother who suggested to her son, creative director at Zions Bank, to develop a place where children could learn what money is and how it works. And what a cool place he created! ;o)
You can “Ask Mark” (the Money Kid) any question about that green stuff we call money. There’s “Time Warp” where you can go back in time and explore all the cool ways that money has changed (‘take the Time Machine’).
“Looking Back” looks through the past at money, at what it could buy and how much of it folks earned. “Money Tech” lets you visit the future and explore this ultra-lab.
“Savings Wizard” lets your child figure out how long it will take to save up for that special purchase. And “Around the World” (get this!) lets you take a trip around the world visiting different countries to see how people use money.
There’s a special folder with images of a check, deposit slips, check registers, job application forms, a budget planner and much more.
There’s “Enter Classroom” where you can choose the door marked ‘elementary’ or ‘grades 6+’ – there’s SOOOO much to explore in each part – and a wonderful glossary for each.
My favorite place is “Bookshelf” filled with books to further your personal study of money and how to manage it well. “Mom, Can I Have That?” (gives parents a snappy comeback) and “Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids” (all about the world of finance) I want to devour myself! ;o)
There are areas devoted to Grades 1-5 (“Money,” Social Studies” and “Math”) and 6-8 (“Family & Consumer Science,” “Social Studies” and “Math”). Each one of these has a long, long list of topics to explore. I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!
Cheers … Amanda van der Gulik … Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o)