Check out this super fun kids money activity – How Much Does Your Salad Cost?– to help guide kids to financial responsibility!
Okay, who are we kidding?
It is going to take A LOT more than a simple, fun activity to teach kids about money to really get the point across to them. I have loads of other teaching kids about money activities and ideas. The learning & the teaching does not happen overnight, or with a series of sweet exercises. As your children grow older, you will adapt to their needs and adjust your conversations to fit those needs.
Kids Money Activity
These activities are great for 5-7 Year Olds when you're beginning the conversation about trade-offs and decision making. I have a whole Learn All about Money Activities pack if you'd like to take a look.
The approach to this kids money activity is quite simple:
- Download the How Much Does Your Salad Cost? printable
- Print it out
- Laminate the control card/price sheet for safe keeping
- Introduce it to kids with scissors, a pencil, and a glue stick
- Use real food items & real money
- Go to a grocery store & do the same exercise
- Peruse the advertising section of a newspaper to look at on sale items
- Peruse a catalog and have the child find an “expensive” or ‘inexpensive” item
- Play the “Guess How Much it Costs?” game with objects in a basket
- Sequence items by most expensive to least expensive
- Do this Needs versus Wants Activity
- Talk about delayed gratification & how sometimes we have to wait for things we want, to save, etc.