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A Million Money Ideas

One of the first concepts young people learn is the value of money in everyday life. From their first allowance to the entrepreneurship of the lemonade stand, students learn how to plan, save, and spend. CyberBee has been busy locating resources that will assist in teaching and learning about money.

After your students have learned the basics about money, set up some simulations for them to try. How would they plan for a Lemonade Stand, a pet grooming business, or cookie store. Create teams and let them think up their own names. You never know who will be the next Donald Trump.

The Banking Kids Page

Crosswords, puzzles, and games teach younger children financial literacy. For pre-teens, an interactive simulation allows them to make an ATM transaction and checkbook entries. This is a good site for teaching basic banking skills.

Change Maker

Change Maker is a game that helps the user to learn how to make change. First select a difficulty level that ranges from easy to super brain. Then select a currency. The choices are United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia. An amount of sale and amount paid is provided. Images of the currency are shown and the user selects how much of each currency would provide the correct changes. Try the activity using different currencies. This is another great offering from Fun Brain.

Chair the Fed

This exciting game lets you pretend that you are in charge of the nation's central bank. Have fun setting policies to keep employment up and inflation down.

The Change Game

Practice giving customers the correct change with this cash register game.

Counting Money

This game will help you practice counting money with fun activities.


Over 400 teacher-tested economic lessons are available for immediate use in the classroom. Each of the lessons includes a teacher's version as well as a student's version and is designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings. There are also data links with current economic information that can be used in conjunction with many of the lessons.

Field trip to the Money Factory

Watch a video of a trip to the money factory to see and learn how money is made.

H.I.P. Pocket Change

Make your own change, learn how coins are made, and find out the latest news from the U.S. Mint. H.I.P. Pocket Change is a fabulous site for elementary students who are interested in beginning a coin collection. Download lesson plans with lots of ideas for using the 50 State Quarters Program.

Jesse's Ice Cream Stand

Help Jesse manage an ice cream stand to make the most profits.

Money Bingo

Select a game depending on the currency. Then, total the money and match it to the card. It's a fun way to teach kids how to count money..

Money Games for Kids

Learn how money works with a range of free interactive games and activities that kids will love. Teachers will find excellent activities and practice exercises related to coins, prices, spending money, shopping and more. Open a lemonade stand, start a coffee shop, count coins, run a farm and enjoy all kinds of fun online games that will help kids learn about money.

Practical Money Skills for Life

Practical Money Skills for Life is designed to help educators, parents, and students practice better money management. Lesson plans are arranged by grade level for easy access. Icons are used to identify the various kinds of teaching materials for speedy retrieval. Over ten calculators are on hand compute to car loans, mortgages, long term savings, retirement, and more. Several games allow students to test their skills in money management decisions. This site is a good starting point with its wealth of resources for all ages.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing for a fascinating look at currency. Choose from several lessons, including the history of early currency, how notes are designed, or freedom symbols on new bills. Print a color poster titled, Do You Know What’s New About Your Money? Students will love exploring the newly designed features of the $20 and $50 bills, creating their own note, detecting a counterfeit bill, or playing a trivia game. Younger students can put together a money puzzle, match the faces to notes, and identify parts of currency. Don’t miss this cool government site.


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Updated March 14, 2015
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