Learning about Money
Kids need to learn about money, not only as part of their mathematics curriculum, but also for real life. The best way to learn is to have fun while you are learning, and these money games will help.
Early money skills include learning to recognise different coins, counting and adding amounts of money and calculating change.
Learning to add and subtract with money will help children to understand decimals too.
There are plenty of board games which use money, such as Monopoly. It is also possible to make your own money board games or card games. Alternatively, you can play money games on the internet.
US Money Games
- Piggy bank
This game is a bit like Tetris, but you have to click the coins as they drop to fill the piggy bank with the correct amount.
- Counting Money
Count up the coins and type in the amount. Click the check button to see if you are right.
- Learn money
Choose the right coins to pay for the toy in the topy shop.
- Coin Counter
A fun coin counter game. Drag the coins to the correct slot and the machine will total them up.
- FunBrain.com - Change Maker
FunBrain Change Maker is an educational game where the player must calculate the change given for a money purchase. Currencies from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and Mexico are available.
- Money Program
A nice little Java game where you have to choose the right coins to pay for the goods.
UK Money Games
- Coin Cards
You could play a money snap game with these online coin cards.
- Match the Money
Click the coins needed to pay for each item. There are six different levels to this game.
- Conveyor belt game
Add up the prices of the items on the conveyor belt.
- Money Games
This is a collection of free online money games to help children learn about recognising coins, adding money amounts and giving change. There are also some useful links to family finance sites.
Make your own money game
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