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July 30, 2009

Six great summer activities for learning about money

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 4:25 pm

Summer is a great time to encourage the entrepreneur in every child!  Whether it’s setting up a lemonade stand or learning how to save, Zoodles has tracked down some fun ways for you and your child to learn about money together.

Make your own piggy bank

  • piggy_bankMake a piggy bank using paper mache and a few simple materials.
  • Talk about saving money with your child and discuss good strategies for using a bank.
  • While the project does take a few days, the personalized outcome is worth the wait!
  • For detailed instructions, see EnchantedLearning.com
  • For a simpler version of the same activity, use a coffee can instead!

Enjoy an easy, one-day fundraiser

  • l_standGo classic with a lemonade stand, host a car wash, create your own inventions, bake cookies, or have a yard sale!
  • Keep track of expenses, and of course profits too!

Share some funny jokes

  • Why didn’t the dime jump off the bridge when the nickel did?  The dime had more cents.
  • Where do penguins keep their money? In snow banks!
  • Where can everyone always find money when they look for it? In the dictionary.
  • Mother: Why did you just swallow the money I gave you?    Son: You said it was my lunch money!
  • What kind of food is crazy about money?  A dough-nut!

Design your own currency

dollar

  • Draw or print out dollar bill templates and start decorating!
  • You can also visit Festisite to design dollar bills using your child’s own photo.
  • Use them around the house and develop your own currency system!

Come up with a one week pledge

image credits to gardner elementary

  • Come up with a fun pledge that your child can make
  • The pledge should be something simple but beneficial to your child, like wearing a pedometer and tracking the number of steps per day, counting the number of hours your child spends reading, or the number of hours they spend off the TV!
  • Choose a cause together that your child can earn the money towards – maybe a charity or desired gift
  • Call up friends, neighbors and relatives for small donation amounts
  • Keep track of pledge amounts on a big and visual chart
  • Kickoff the pledge and let the donations begin!

Check out 4 Zoodles-approved games and websites!

hip catch

moneys Your child helps Ed save money to buy things from the store.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hey Zoodles!
    Check out this bank for kids too-
    http://www.msgen.com/assembled/money_savvy_pig.html

    Comment by Christy Hilz — July 31, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Great link, thanks Christy!

    Comment by rachel — August 2, 2009 @ 3:59 am

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