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A Penny Saved: Free Tools to Teach Kids Money Skills

Joanie.Demer

Teaching kids math and money skills can be challenging. As a committed Krazy Couponer, I understand the value of money, and I want to pass that on to my kids. Luckily, there are some great websites that provide fun and free ways to engage kids of all ages (and parents!) while teaching math and money skills.

  • PNC Grow Up Great:  A partnership between PNC Bank and Sesame Street. The program features kits to download, pick up at a local branch, or order at 1-877-PNC-GROW (1-877-762-4769). The kits are designed for preschool and early elementary aged children. Each free kit contains an activity book, guide for parents or educator and video starring Sesame Street characters. The “For Me, for You, for Later” kit focuses on money saving. The “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School: Math is Everywhere” kit focuses on ways to teach math through everyday activities. The website also features a few interactive games to play.
  • Planet Orange: Created with ING Bank as a free interactive website focused to teach kids about earning, spending, saving and investing. The site is targeted at children in grades 1–6. Help your child complete the registration to tailor their experience based on grade, state, and gender. Your child will become an “astronaut” traveling to different planets and completing different tasks to earn money for spaceship fuel, all while learning about math and money. The site also features a Teacher Center where you can download lesson plans to use with your child as well as worksheets and activity books. It is great for homeschooling or as a way to build on everything your child is learning on Planet Orange.
  • Wow Zone: TD Bank’s online site with different areas geared for elementary through high school aged children. The Kids area has learning opportunities through online games. The Teens section includes tips and budgeting worksheets, and the Young Investors area includes a virtual stock market game. The Parents and Educators sections include discussion guides, worksheets and lesson plans.
  • Hands on Banking: is funded by Wells Fargo Bank to  help people of all ages (adults, too!) better understand and take charge of finances. The site is full of useful information and resources. Choose an appropriate age group and explore financial lessons taught through interactive and entertaining videos. The site also includes instructional resources such as pre- and post-tests and instructor guides.

  This has been a guest post by Kristen from Arlington, VA
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