These 12 board games are a fun way to learn about money while social distancing

by Myelle Lansat
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These 12 board games are a fun way to learn about money while social distancing

Bored of staring at screens all day? Since social distancing rules are still in effect, try switching to something the whole family can enjoy: a board game.

Many board games offer a financial lesson or two. For example, you can challenge your kids to weigh the financial pros and cons of buying a new car in The Game of Life, or teach them the joy of getting paid and the discipline of paying bills with Payday.

Here are 12 board games about money for players of all ages. (Note: Prices are subject to change.)

Money Match Me Cards, 6+

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This multi-use card game is a great way to teach kids how to count money. It educates children on the value of a dollar by testing memory and math skills.

Price: $10.33 on Amazon

Money Maze Puzzle Box, 6+

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For kids who already understand the value of a dollar, you can put one inside the puzzle box and challenge them to solve it first before getting the prize.

Price: $18.99 on Amazon

Cover Your Assets, 7+

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If you’re looking for a witty game about money that can be enjoyed by the whole family, this card game is for you. The objective of the game is to acquire $1 million worth in assets, which includes diamonds and classic cars, but you have to protect them, or else another player will take them.

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Money Bags, 7+

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This coin-counting exercise is a great way to engage your kids. The fast-paced money board game teaches players to collect, count and exchange money.

Price: $15.99 on Amazon

Payday Game, 8+

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We all love getting paid, but the real lessons happen when we decide how to spend it. You’ll learn how to bargain, manage unexpected windfalls and budget without going broke in this board game.

Price: $12.55 from these Amazon sellers

The Game of Life, 8+

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In this game, you’ll go on an adventure aiming for a paradise-like retirement with financial twists along the way. The Game of Life teaches players how to budget, weigh financial decisions and insure against the unexpected.

Price: $13.99 on Amazon

Big Money: The Game of Risky Rolls & Fabulous Fortunes, 8+

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You’ll get to invest in things like a skate park or professional soccer team in this game, but you’ll have to prepare for the tables to turn at any second. Everyone’s going to make money, but only the wealthiest will be the victor.

Price: $17.95 on Amazon

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, 8+

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If you loved the TV show, you’ll enjoy this trivia game of fifth-grade level questions about money, math and more.

Price: $19.99 on Amazon

Monopoly Ultimate Banking Board Game, 8+

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This mobile-banking version is a twist on the classic game, offering a unique way to teach kids about credit cards and the importance of monitoring your wealth. Not to mention the game allows for cashless play and instant transactions with its electronic banking unit.

Price: $24.99 on Amazon

Managing My Allowance, 9+

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This game helps parents introduce an allowance to kids or teach them how to manage the one they already have. In the game, kids must save for college, earning ‘wages’ and comparing wants versus needs.

Price: $19.06 on Amazon

Easy Money, 9+

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This collectible classic feels like a TV game show on a board (and while there’s no relation, we love the name). You’ll get to earn money in several ways in this game, like playing the lottery or investing in the market.

Price: $35 + from these Amazon sellers

Stock Exchange Game, 10+

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This fun game, which one reviewer says is “no more difficult than a game of Monopoly” teaches kids (or yourself) about the markets.

Price: $40 on Amazon

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