The internet is full of fun ways to waste away an afternoon – next time you fancy having a play on a games site check out our suggestions below for a more educational dose of fun and you can pick up some tips on staying financially savvy whlie you play!
We’ve included games and activities designed to inform and entertain both little and big kids – some can be printed off to play with your chlidren, others may need to be played online. Either way it’s a great way to keep them quiet and teach them a little bit about money, laying important foundations to make sure they’ll be able to handle their finances in later life.
- Financial Soccer – This site is American, so you have to work in dollars rather than pounds, but it’s still great fun!
- Student Survivor – Can you keep your student character happy, healthy and debt-free?
- Celebrity Calamity – Celebs can have money worries just like the rest of us. This game puts you in charge of handling their finances.
- What’s up in Finance? – Another American site, but has some fun games. Try ‘It Costs What?!’ which gives some really great information about credit cards.
- Launch your Life – See how your future might look based on your spending decisions.
- Chip and pin info and simulator – This site talks you through the process of using a chip and pin machine and gives you a chance to have a practice.
- How to write a cheque – This game will help you understand how to write a cheque.
- Reading your meters – Advise and guidance on how to read your energy meters.
- Understanding your bills – Help to understanding your home energy bills.
- Online shopping intro and simulator – A guide to online shopping.
- Online banking simulator – Help to understand and get to grips with online banking.
- Calculating DIY costs
- Money Matters – Other games including wordsearches, word drops and maths money games from Money Matters.
- BBC – The BBC also has some basic money games.