Teaching Resources for Children (Ages 6-12)

  Building Financial Awareness

Middle childhood is when the seeds of financial literacy sown in early childhood begin to take root and flourish. Children's experiences beyond the home with peers, school, and the wider community act as fertilizer, nurturing their understanding of money management. They actively observe and absorb financial habits and attitudes from the adults and role models around them. This "financial socialization" process, combined with their growing sense of self and developing executive function skills, allows them to grasp more complex financial concepts and start forming their own responsible money habits.

<strong>School-Age Children to Preteens</strong>

School-Age Children to Preteens

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) equips parents with tools and resources to teach kids valuable money management skills. On this webpage designed for ages 6-12, you will explore concepts like earning, saving, and planning, and discover tips to help your child set goals and make smart spending choices. Fun activities and engaging resources like recommended books and stories are also available to make financial literacy an enjoyable journey for both you and your child.

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<strong>Practical Money Skills</strong>

Practical Money Skills

VISA has created a website, "Practical Money Skills", that provides resources designed to teach students aged 11 to 13 the essential skills of budgeting and saving. Explore downloadable lesson plans, engaging games, and age-appropriate comics featuring characters like the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. These resources will help your child grasp concepts like managing an allowance, tracking expenses, and making smart spending decisions.

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<strong>Money Activities for Your Child</strong>

Money Activities for Your Child

In conjunction with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) "Money As You Grow" program, parents have submitted questions that are answered on their website. This article highlights four key topics and offers ideas that are applicable to all children, particularly once they gain online access. This webpage also covers online safety and the importance of protecting personal information.

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Teach & Learn Through Interactive Gaming

Interactive games are powerful tools for igniting a child's interest in financial literacy. These engaging activities transform complex concepts like budgeting and saving into exciting challenges. Through playful competition and real-time feedback, children grasp financial principles in a fun and memorable way. Games not only boost their understanding, but also encourage critical thinking and decision-making skills – all while fostering a positive association with money management from a young age.

U.S. Mint Coin Classroom

U.S. Mint Coin Classroom

The U.S. Mint website offers a Game section that features a collection of free, educational games that make learning about coins fun and engaging. These games can be used for individual enrichment or incorporated into lesson plans.

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FDIC Money Smart Games

FDIC Money Smart Games

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) website offers a suite of games and related sources about everyday financial topics. Based on their award-winning Money Smart program, these games are a fun and engaging way to learn with your child.

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