Teach Kids About Money through games
Since we are facing an economic problem, I decided that all the members of our family should learn how to handle our finances properly. It’s because if only one is doing all the savings and budgeting and other the members are splurging, then you won’t be able to achieve the financial goal that you dream of fast.
With that mentioned, I asked my child to play some money games. Here are some of the games he tried playing:
Cooking Street is a 150-stage steak restaurant simulation game where you serve customers steaks, sides, and drinks. Levels are unlocked sequentially, but you can replay any completed level at any time.
- Serve customers what they request in their thought bubbles.
- Serve customers quickly to manage many orders in a limited amount of time.
- As you progress through the game the income you earn can be used to unlock more ranges, more plates, more cups, and better ingredient cuts so that you can process orders more quickly & earn more for each customer served.
- After upgrading your ingredients and equipment you can go back and replay prior levels to try to earn up to a 3-star rating on each stage.
- To keep up with customer demand try to have at least one cooked steak and one juice cup ready at all times. As you unlock upgrades and have more placement positions to serve from you can have multiple of each ready and waiting.
- Win or lose you can replay levels as many times as you like, and you still earn income and experience from a level even if you do not earn enough income to obtain a star rating.
Cashier Simulator is a game where players operate the cash register at a grocery store.
- Ring up each individual item the customer buys.
- As you advance through the game some items will be scanned & then purchased in a quantity greater than one.
- When you are done ringing up all their items add the total bill.
- Collect their payment.
- If they pay via means other than a credit card you’ll need to give them change from the cash register.
- As you advance through the game you will unlock additional items consumers can buy in your store.
- The game has 160 stages. You can earn up to 3 stars on each stage depending on how you perform.
Real Estate Tycoon
In Real Estate Tycoon property prices rise and fall. Your goal is to profit from the arbitrage of buying low and selling high.
- In general most buildings rise in value when they first appear in a fairly straight line, then cool off and slow down their appreciation before turning south. As you get further into the game buildings appear more quickly and som buildings cycle in price multiple times.
- This game does not have all the gritty details of the real estate market like borrowing money at interest, property cap rates, broader economic cycles and shifts in credit conditions, supply and demand across sectors, and so on.
- Instead it is an oversimplified game for kids, but helps children manage their attention and track trends.
- As more expensive buildings appear it is generally better to focus on tightly managing the entries and exits on a few big buildings rather than managing a portfolio of smaller and cheaper buildings which are hard to track in the aggregate as your attention splits.
This game has 3 modes
- Career Mode: Start with a small sum of money and reach a final goal amount on each level by repeatedly trading properties.
- Time Trial Mode: Try to reach an earnings goal within a limited period of time.
- Endless Mode: Buy and sell endlessly in an idle game with no time limit or earnings goal.
My son’s favorite is the Cooking Street game because he loves food and he dreams on becoming a chef in the future. He also likes that besides earning you’ll get to upgrade your equipment in the game. In the future, he wants to have his own restaurant so this feature is a plus for him.
Besides the 3 games I have mentioned above, there are a lot of games there that you and your kids can play and enjoy. Visit the money game site to learn and enjoy! Let me know what’s your favorite after.