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Money Matters

There's never a bad time to talk to your kids about money. The following products will help get that conversation started by offering ways to teach kids about managing, saving, donating and, of course, spending their hard-earned dollars.
School House Rocks School House Rocks
Ages: All Ages
Buena Vista Home Entertainment, $29.99 (DVD)   

A generation of kids learned about science, grammar, money, math and history watching this 1972 series of educational hits. Catchy songs - 46 on the first disc alone - explain the function of a conjunction or how a bill makes its way through Congress. Well worth the price, School House Rock! explains just about anything kids don't know - quickly and easily, with a zippy jingle.

Money Savvy Pig Money Savvy Pig
Ages: 3 & Up
Money Savvy Generation, $16.99

At first glance, The Money Savvy Pig may not appear to be, per se, a "toy". But don’t be deceived. This product is original, educational, and morally commendable. And yes, it inspires creativity. It provides kids with the tools and the opportunity to see how dollars are spent. Four see-through compartments: SAVE, SPEND, DONATE and INVEST, allow youngsters and parents to watch what happens as choices are made to spend or allocate money. The Money Savvy Pig includes explanations of these four choices, as well as suggestions for learning more.

Teaching Cash Register Teaching Cash Register
Ages: 3 & Up
Learning Resources, $44.95

Cash in on basic math and money management skills with this talking, interactive cash register. Little learners can practice coin identification, addition, subtraction and place value through four featured games. Games increase in difficulty as players advance their math skill levels.

Money Matters Money Matters
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Kid 2020, LLC, $19.95 (DVD)   

In the DVD, Money Matters: Making Cents of Currency, a young boy tries to comprehend the meaning of money. What is it, exactly? How many pennies are in a nickel, how many nickels are in a quarter, and how do a bunch of coins add up to a dollar bill? What's a cashier? What's a purchase? The answers to all of these questions and more come in the form of animated songs and conversations with assorted people. To its credit, the idea behind Money Matters is to go beyond just the basic math and to teach kids (pre-K through third grade) the value of money.

Coin Collecting for Kids Coin Collecting for Kids
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
innovativeKids, $15.99

Kids take a tour of a mint and explore the history of money in this colorful introduction to coin collecting. This edition includes gatefolds designed to hold all $1 Presidential Coins and Westward Journey nickel series, along with the 50 statehood quarters! Kids seek out both old and new coins to fill coin slots, start their own collection, and develop a lifelong love of coin collecting.

Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Debbie Honig   Author: Gail Karlitz  
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers/Price Stern Sloan, $7.99 (Paperback)

This guide explains savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and even mutual funds! Included are fun quizzes to reveal a young investor's risk tolerance, stories of success and failure, a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Stock Exchange, and best of all, an imaginary fund of dollars to invest, along with suggestions for selecting companies compatible with kids' values.

Hot Shot Business
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Disney Online/The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,

This online business simulation game for "tweens" is designed to provide a playful experience in opening a business--from finding capital and buying inventory to buying ads and promotions and following trends that might impact the business. Although it’s free to play (just go to www.disney.go.com/hotshot/), this biz game is the same quality as those you buy in software stores. And it's a fantastic learning tool for youngsters interested in what it's like to start a business.

Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!
Ages: 10 & Up
Gamewright, Aigner Associates, $9.99

Buy low, Sell high! Making money is the name of the game in this high stakes duel for dollars. Compete against your opponent to turn the biggest profit by strategically buying and selling stock cards. Buy cards at face value and then sell them in pairs for the greatest possible return, all while preventing your opponent from doing the same. Accumulate the most cash and youre in the money!

Cash Cache Beginning Personal Finance Organizer Cash Cache Beginning Personal Finance Organizer
Ages: 11 - 17 yrs.
Editor: Money Savvy Generation  
Money Savvy Generation, $29.95 (Hard Cover)   

The Cash Cache Personal Finance Organizer handbook is filled with valuable advice in support of the development of sound financial behaviors. Never condescending, the concepts are presented in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner. Designed to help teens establish and work towards life goals that will require funding at some point, it demystifies the world of banking, investing and credit. Best of all it empowers the user with an appreciation for delayed gratification.


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