The earlier children learn about money, the better they will manage their finances through their lives. Money skills help children learn the difference between earning, saving, and spending which will in time, help them to budget and have healthier money habits.
During GMW, organisations including financial institutions, local businesses, universities, schools and more, work together to organise different types of activities for children to spark excitement around the topic of money.
There are so many products that are fun and exciting but also educational. We have a selection of money toys and games that will have your little ones understanding, counting and spending money in no time. They won’t even realise they are learning!
Our toy Cash Register is perfect for money recognition and early maths skills through imaginative play. The set includes a cash register with a working cash drawer, pretend credit card and 44 play money pieces which include:
- Five each of £50, £20, £10 and £5 play notes
- Five each of 2p and 1p pieces
- Four x 5p pieces
- Two of each of £2, £1, 50p, 20p and 10p pieces
The cash register also has a working solar powered calculator which is great for simple additions and subtractions.
Set up a pretend shop with items around the house and label them with prices. Take it in turns to be the shop keeper and see if your little one can add up the price of the items and give you the correct change.
For extra notes and coins, see our UK Play Money Assortment. These can be used for expanding your money collection or for using on their own to develop coin recognition skills and financial awareness.
The Wise Owl Teaching Bank is a fantastic way to teach your little one how to save, spend and share their pennies. There are three sections that money can be added to by popping it through the slots in the front, or dropping it into the top slot and letting the owl decide.
The great thing about this ‘piggy’ bank is that it encourages children to think about their money from an early age and develops social wellbeing with the share section. Children can use it for charity donations, people in need or local services.
Encourage your little one to count their pennies before dropping them into the novelty money box. This will extend the learning and reinforce coin value recognition, all while having fun!
Inspire, motivate and engage children in financial awareness with the Money Activity Set. This set is a great way to teach children about real-world situations when learning about the value of money.
Your little ones will learn how to recognise the values of coins and notes, add and subtract money, make change and understand the way money is used. This set includes:
- 70 plastic play coins
- 12 play notes
- Eight double-sided price tags
- 12 double-sided money puzzle cards
- Wipe-clean piggy bank card
- Double-sided spinner
Use the coins and notes to discuss the images on the front and back of a coin. What colour is each coin/note? Which one is the largest? Which note is worth the most money?
Spin the spinner to identify the amount represented on each coin/note. Spin side one of the spinner and have your child find that coin, then name and identify both sides of the coin.
Take a look at the activity guide for more ideas on how to teach your little one about money awareness.
Have fun with this money game that develops basic-money related numeracy skills including:
- Coin value recognition
- Early financial awareness
- Counting money
- Money-themed equivalency skills
Game play suggestion:
- Ensure cards are placed coin side down
- The youngest player starts by spinning the spinner and carrying out the action it lands on. If they land on pick up card/s, the player picks a card from the top of the pile looking at the side with the coins. The player must find the plastic coins in the pile that match the coins on the card. If they can make a correct match, they put the coins into the bank and keep the card. If they do not make a correct match, the card gets put at the bottom of the pile (coin side down) and the coins are returned.
- It is then the next player’s turn. Players take turns spinning the spinner and carrying out the action it lands on. The first player to collect 10 cards wins!
- For a shorter game, the first player to collect five cards wins
For more fun and game ideas, have a look in the activity guide included.
Children can earn money as they move around the game board, completing common household chores. This simple game is ideal for developing numeracy skills, financial awareness, coin value recognition and more!
How to play:
- Setup the game as per the instructions
- Place the player pieces on the start space
- Each player rolls the die and moves that number of spaces around the game board
- Each space shows a household chore and the amount earnt
- Once on a space the player needs to spin the spinner to determine which coin values to use when taking their pay from the bank
- Watch out for the £ and Bank Exchanges spaces for additional activities
- Game play ends when the first person crosses the finish line
- The winner is the player with the most money when the game ends, not the player to cross the line first!
Money Bags™ includes 67 HM treasury approved play money coins (12 x 1p, 10 each of 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces and 5 £1coins).
This is a shopping game that the whole family can enjoy! Children will develop a variety of basic money-related numeracy skills through buying items and putting them in their shopping trolley!
How to play:
- Players take it turns to roll the die and move their player piece along the board
- Players follow the directions printed in the space on which they land: buy items, find money, donate to charity and more
- Roll all three dice to calculate the amount a player needs to pay
- The winner is the player who fills their shopping trolley first
This simple money-related game is another fun way to introduce financial awareness!
- Be the first player to collect £3 into their bank across fast-paced rounds by getting rid of your hand first.
- Play cards by matching coin values card colours or by making exact change, which allows you to discard multiple cards at once.
Bingo! Cash in on coin recognition and counting skills with popular bingo game play and incredibly realistic play money. With two levels of play, the whole family will have fun whilst also developing financial awareness.
How to play:
- Place the spinner and play coins on the table
- Players take it in turns to spin the spinner and add up the coin values shown in the inner and outer sections
- On their spin, players check their bingo cards to see if any of the squares show the exact value shown on the spinner. If they do, the player takes the correct coins and places them on that square
- The first player to cover three squares in a row is the winner!
We’ve also created some money activity sheets for you to print off and try in the classroom or at home. We’d love to see how your little ones get on with them – let us know in the comments below!