The summer holidays are fast approaching and for some families, this inevitably can mean more screen time, especially during the rainy days. Screen time is a popular way for children to amuse themselves and relax. It can also be educational as well as fun. It’s a good idea to suggest some constructive uses of screen time so this time will be of benefit to your child in more ways than one. During the holidays it’s a great idea to challenge them to a research project and to also give them a list of websites and links to fun educational games. Here are 5 free online money games for children:
1. Kingdom’s Wars
Kingdoms Wars is a virtual board game, inspired by Monopoly. Regular readers know that my kids love playing the board game, Monopoly. Therefore, this online version is handy for those times when no one else is free to play with them. Just like in the original game players start with money in savings and earn a salary each time they pass go. Players move around the board by rolling the dice and landing on different properties. If the property is available for purchase they can buy it or if someone else already owns it they can pay rent. This is a brilliant and fun money game for teaching kids that you need to spend some money to make money but there needs to be balance- the goal of the game is to drive the three competing computer players into bankruptcy before they are able to bankrupt you.
2. Cashier Simulator
Cashier Simulator is a game where players operate the cash register at a grocery store. My kids have always loved “playing shop” and there is still something so satisfying about scanning shopping and using a till. Although players do not need to work out the calculations themselves, this game is great for them to practice using a calculator. Players also need to select the money to give the right change to the customers. You can select the country so can play this game in GBP.
3. Supermarket Numbers
Supermarket Numbers is an arithmetic practice game. It beings with basic addition and subtraction skills. These levels are great for number bond practice. It then progresses to using multiplication and division skills too. Kids love the “Tetris” element of trying to clear the blocks before the screen fills.
4. Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop is a one-month simulation game where players adjust game settings to earn as much as they can from running a coffee shop. I love this game! My kids have always loved business simulation games but I previously didn’t see the appeal. This is because I had never tried playing one! There are lots of businesses to choose from, including a pizza cafe, burger bar and chocolate shop. Choose the one you’re most interested in. It’s such good fun and you learn a lot about running a business and money too. Players need to sort their inventory, strategy, pricing, predict demand and consider customer feedback. Each day you try to improve your business. This game is very educational, entertaining and addictive.
5. Wind and Solar
Wind and Solar is a sustainable energy game where players adjust the placements of windmills and solar panels to maximize energy production. Izzy’s been investigating wind and solar energy recently so she played this as part of her home study. It’s not so much about money but of course, energy providers will make more money the more energy that is produced. It’s only a short game without any levels to progress through. However, it’s good to make children more aware of renewable energy and how we can make more.
Which of these online money games would you like to play?