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Review: Moneywise Kids – A Game for Teaching Kids Money Management Skills



For Christmas last year, I wanted to get my son something that would help teach him about money. There are a few products out there, but one caught my eye. It had some great reviews on Amazon.com and for $12, I decided to purchase it.

Moneywise Kids (aff. link) is a game geared for children age seven and older. My son is six, but he’s catching on quickly and he gets excited when we play the game.

There are two games you can play:

Moneywise Bill Maker – With each roll of the dice you earn money and the goal is to reach $100. The learning portion here is that your child will learn how to count money and will learn how to cash in smaller bills for larger bills. You should see my son’s face when he finally can cash in two fifties for a hundred dollar bill!

Moneywise Bill Breaker – With this game, each player starts out with a $100 bill. They continue to roll the dice to earn money like in the Moneywise Bill Maker game. With each roll, you select a marker and decide whether to buy it or to put it back to buy it later. Markers include life events like buying food, housing and even medical care. Each time a marker is purchased, the player must work to make change. The first player to reach $100 and buy all of the six markers is the winner.

My son is learning how to exchange bills thanks to the Moneywise Bill Maker game. He is still getting the hang of the Moneywise Bill Breaker game. It was interesting the first time we played it because he spent all of his money to buy markers right away. This game gives us an opportunity to discuss saving some money first before spending money. It’s a good to save up some money in case you pick one of the “bad luck” markers that come up where you have to pay money and don’t get one of the six markers you need to win. It’s a great learning tool to plant the seeds of saving and budgeting with your children.

Regarding the actual game itself, for the low price I was surprised at the quality of the game. The two game boards that are provided are heavy duty cardboard. The money is very realistic looking and nothing like Monopoly money. The play money mirrors real money (although smaller size and darker green) and is printed on the front and back. The markers are also thick cardboard circles and can withstand some kid abuse. For some reason, kids love to throw circular shaped things around so I was pleased at the thickness of the markers.

Overall, I think Moneywise Kids (aff. link) is a great game to play with your kids to help them learn money management skills. It compliments my son’s money savvy piggy bank very nicely.


  • Reply Maria |

    That’s wonderful! I have been looking for something to help my nephews learn about spending, etc… and this will come in really handy for my own son.


  • Reply Karen |

    My oldest child was in 2nd grade when I created this game. She is now 21! I used to go to the elementary schools and play MWK with groups of kids. I got the same reaction that you did- they would light up when they were able to trade up for that $100. Thanks for such a nice review!
    Karen Godfrey.

  • Reply manageME7 |

    A good and creative way to realize your children the essence of money management.
    The children will definitely love this.

  • Reply Tony Green, Winston Salem Realtor |

    Great post. Teaching kids about money is not always easy, but kids love to play games so this should make it somewhat easier. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply Family Finances |

    That’s a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing it. I totally agree that children should be taught financial literacy at school and at home, using different methods depending on their age. It’s true that parents are primarily responsible for their kids’ financial education, that’s why I try to do my best to set a good example for my children: I want them to understand the value of money, learn how to spend them wisely and be prepared for all the financial hardships that may lie ahead.

  • Reply Lacey Lopez |

    Thanks for the review. Any idea where I can find the directions and rules to these two games. We have all the components but can’t find the instructions anywhere. Thanks!

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