One of the things that most sticks in my mind from my childhood, are episodes of TGIF shows where money was discussed with the children. Most importantly, I remember an episode where the mom’s income was taken out in cash and the child saw how much there was—but then also saw how much went to each bill and expense, and how little was left over afterward.
Money was the subject of many discussions in my childhood home—or rather, the subject of many arguments. I didn’t have the chance to have positive money experiences, or learn about the importance of saving. Because I don’t want young people I know to have to learn about things the hard way, I introduced the games in the Learning Money with Leo app to some of my young cousins and family members.
With 8 games available to play in order to earn (virtual) coins, the app, available free from the iTunes store, has enough to occupy children. The coins earned in the game are used to purchase stickers, which children can use to put together different scenic scenarios.
Learning Money with Leo has been designed for children ages 3 – 6, but any child who is ready to learn the fundamentals of money can enjoy this app. – RBC site
What I noticed, while watching children interact with the app/play the games:
There are 4 people who can create profiles at the same time, so children can have some friendly competition with each other to see who can earn the most coins and stickers.
The children wanted to play more in order to build up their sticker collections.
The Learning Money with Leo app is incredibly easy to use and figure out. It proved to be no problem for my test subjects.
Download the app for yourself (or print a copy of the games if you don’t have an iPad) on the RBC site.
Disclosure – I am participating in the RBC Learning Money With Leo program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of RBC Royal Bank. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.