Posts Tagged ‘budgeting’

Practical Money Skills – Financial Football

January 9th, 2017


It’s Monday, January 9, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Financial Football


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


“Give your financial knowledge a workout with the latest version of Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game developed by VISA. Test your money management skills by answering financial questions that allow you to move down the field and score touchdowns. Are you warmed up and ready to compete?”

Start out by choosing an age level, game length and team names. After the game loads, go through the coin toss and the kickoff by following the instructions. Choose your ‘defense’ and a financial question comes up. Answer it correctly and your team gains yards. After each play, choose again for another question and continue until your team scores a touchdown. You’ll learn about saving and spending, budgeting and the wise use of credit.

From the home page, click on ‘Lessons’ where you can download financial lesson plans by age group. Under the ‘Resources’ link, you’ll find more helpful information: 

  • Personal Finance for Everyone
  • Classroom Curriculum for Educators
  • Building A Financial Literacy Program

You don’t have to know how to play football to increase your financial knowledge.

Interactive Economics Games

February 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 10, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Here are some free, fun, interactive games designed for students of varying ages that teach economics and financial literacy

Recommended Websites:

Mapping Your Future

Age Range: 12-20

This free financial literacy game is designed to help tweens, teens, and college-age students prepare for their futures. The game helps players understand:

  • The Cost of Living
  • Budgeting
  • Difference Between Wants and Needs
  • Importance of Financial Planning
  • Setting Career Goals
  • Value of Higher Education

You can play the game repeatedly choosing different character identities each time, which varies the circumstances, your choices, and the outcome of the game.

Economics Jeopardy

Age Range: 9-13 (approximately)

In Economics Jeopardy you can play solo or against your friends and learn about economic principles. This is based on the television game show, “Jeopardy.”
Peanuts & Crackerjacks Baseball

Age Range: 13 and up

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston offers this interactive baseball game that tests your knowledge of economics and pro sports trivia. This game has 9 innings covering all kinds of economic terms, laws, and principles and is very educational.

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

In this game, the challenge is to “become the Vice-President of Production in the land of Econ-o-mania.”  To do that, you must create a good or service using available materials. Then you must present your final product through a KidPix slide show, a poster created on the computer or paper, a written proposal, or a finished product. This site offers printable worksheets as students move through each step of the process.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Fun Budget & Savings Game for Kids

September 27th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Monday, September 27, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Savings Quest

Age Range: 9-14 (younger children and non-readers may enjoy aspects with parental guidance)
Wells Fargo Bank sponsors this free, fun, interactive online game that challenges kids’ math, language arts, and critical thinking skills in order to help them learn about budgeting and saving.

When you get to the site, wait for the game to fully download. Then, take the animated tour to see how the game works.

Select your character to play the game. Then pick an occupation such as a:

  • Copy Editor
  • Accountant
  • Detective
  • Archaeologist

During the game, you will have to perform certain math, language arts, and puzzle challenges based on the occupation you select in order to get your monthly paycheck.

You will also select a savings goal – an amount of money that you want to save in order to purchase something (i.e, new laptop, vacation, etc.).

Then, you create a budget that includes your fixed expenses (rent, food, car insurance, etc.) along with an entertainment expense and savings to hopefully achieve your goal.

Each month, after depositing your paycheck, you pay the bills and any unexpected expenses (car repair, computer repair, DVD rental, etc.). 

If you get to the end of the game and have saved enough money to achieve your goal – you win!  If not, you can try again. 

Even if you do win, it’s fun to play each different game by selecting a new occupation. The challenges and tasks are different for each. Plus, you can alter your fixed expenses to accommodate lavish or sensible tastes that will change the outcome of the games too.

Money Lessons, Games, & Activities

June 7th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Monday, June 7, 2010 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 12-22

Do your tweens, teens, and college students treat money like it grows on trees? Do they continuously ask you to “Give me $20” to go to the mall or the movies?

ClickScholar Cie recommended this website (sponsored by a credit union) that provides free lessons, games, and activities to learn the skills needed to manage money and control spending it.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and some of the featured activities including:

*Calculators – Use free online “needs based” allowance and savings calculators. Watch a video that explains “prepaid credit cards” – great for controlling spending.

*Ask Anne – Get advice from Anne T. Meyers (aka ATM), and learn 20 ways to save money on summer vacation!

*Fun and Games – Play 6 different financial video games that teach kids about money management. Games include:

  • Financial Football – Answering financial questions to earn yardage.
  • Road Trip to Savings – Make decisions about income, expenses and savings on a virtual  road trip!
  • Smart Money Quiz Show – Test your money smarts with the Get-Out-of-Debt Quiz Show.

Those activities will keep you busy, but the real meat of this site is in the horizontal menu at the top of the landing page that includes:

*Educating By Age – Choose the age range that applies (12-15, 16-18, 19-22) and learn about budgeting basics, saving for a car, and developing a spending plan.

*Setting Allowance – Learn how to set and calculate appropriate allowances.

*Managing Money – Discover how to effectively use and manage credit cards, debit cards, and checking accounts.

*Teaching About Credit – Find out how to select a credit card, learn how to establish credit history, and read a credit report.

*Resources – Download free pdf money lessons, get links to websites for further learning, and watch instructional videos on money management.

There is lots of helpful money management content here, so bookmark this site to see it all.

Gingerbread Math

December 10th, 2007

Continuing with our Holiday Theme, we start off the week with Gingerbread

Recommended Websites:

Age Range: Varies (I think most of these sites have activities that will please everyone in the family.) Gingerbread Man Math

At this website, you’ll find all kinds of wonderful gingerbread man math activities with ingenious ideas for learning about measurement, symmetry, probability, graphs, geometry, perimeter, area, and more. There are lots of links to other gingerbread math activities here too.

For more incredible gingerbread-themed lessons in perimeter and area, don’t miss…

Gingerbread Goodies

This site has a full-scale gingerbread curriculum, with some of the most creative activities and ideas we’ve seen. Scroll half way down the page to see the fun and simple math ideas that include area, perimeter, measurement, glyphs, a homemade gingerbread math game, and lots more!

Gingerbread Lane: Bake & Build a Gingerbread House

You only need basic math skills to build a Gingerbread House! Learn a little about geometry (and architecture!) as you determine what size to cut the
squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, archways and other parts needed for the structure. This site has recipes for gingerbread and the all-important
mortar-icing! There are also construction tips, and plans for making simple gingerbread houses too. You’ll discover the best decorative candy to use —
and you will find tips for how to preserve your gingerbread masterpiece. Finally, there are links to many other sites all about gingerbread! Don’t
miss the photo archive of incredible gingerbread houses that have won prizes in various gingerbread house contests. You can even see an Eiffel Tower made
out or Gingerbread!

Make Easy & Simple Gingerbread Houses

At this website you can follow very easy plans to make mini faux gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. This is an especially good choice if you are
pressed for time — or if you have young children who would get frustrated with building more complex or real gingerbread structures.

Note: I gave a Gingerbread House Building Party for our homeschool support group one year. Guests brought single-serving milk cartons that we used for
bases for the houses. Then we just used royal icing to “glue” the graham crackers to the milk cartons. Construction is simple using this method. Once
you cover the milk carton in graham crackers — you can fill in spaces with icing. Then decorate the whole thing as usual with candy. We supplied icing and graham crackers for building. Guests brought their own milk cartons and candy to decorate (we shared the candy). It was great fun and the results were spectacular. If you do this be sure that every adult has their own
materials — as parents like this project as much as their kids do! This also prevents the kids from saying to mom and dad in total exasperation, “I’d
rather do it myself!” :-)

Gingerbread-Themed Math Worksheets

This website offers free, printable gingerbread-themed math worksheets in addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Want More Christmas Math Activities?

Googol Learning

You won’t believe the array of holiday math activities that are archived at the website. From calorie counting to budgeting to snowflake
symmetry to finding the magnetic north pole — it’s all here.

Merry Christmas Math!

December 18th, 2006

Recommended Website:

GoogolPower: Christmas Math (the makers of my favorite math songs) have created a Family
Math curriculum page themed around Christmas. This is a delightful way to
incorporate learning into every aspect of the holidays. When you get to the
site you will find all kinds of links to fun Christmas activities for
families to do together that build math skills and comprehension too. They

  • Baking – Find recipes & recipe converters.
  • Budgeting – Discover how to fill out a spreadsheet.
  • Holiday Lights – Learn how many watts of power they use.
  • Wrapping Presents – Use your tape measure to determine package dimensions.
    Make tessellation wrapping paper.
  • Trees & Snowflakes – Measure the height of a tree, and investigate
    snowflake symmetry.
  • Christmas Cards – Make a card with a cryptarithm or a tangram.
  • Ornaments & Decorations – Make your own polyhedras to put on the tree.
  • Santa Claus – Find out how Santa uses math to circumnavigate the Earth.
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas – Learn what the song has to do with Pascal’s
  • Christmas Worksheets & Math Problems — Includes dot-to-dots, mazes, logic
    problems with candy canes and much more!

Don’t forget to bookmark this website and come back after Christmas to
explore the many math lessons and activities that incorporate learning about
other subjects too.

Have fun!