Top Board Games That Teach Kids About Money

Looking for a way to make learning about money fun? A family board game might be the perfect solution. Money games for kids will help them learn about money management while having a great time. Here are some ideas of games for kids about money. Most of these are best for children ages 8 and up, as they take up to several hours to play and involve complex and abstract ideas.


Buy and sell properties, build houses, and collect rent. Monopoly is a great money game for kids learning how to count money and make decisions. It's also an introduction to the concept of investments and long-term payoffs (especially as the game can last for hours). Play the classic Monopoly with paper money or the newer Monopoly with Electronic Banking. This is best for tweens or interested teens; younger children will find it too long and complex.

Game of Life

Make decisions about your career and other life moves in the Game of Life. As you move through the game board, you may find yourself getting married, having children, getting or losing jobs, and more. You'll also have the option to purchase insurance -- and the opportunity to find out what happens when you decide that insurance isn't worth the money!


In Payday, kids learn to have a job, lend money, pay bills and interest, and deal with unexpected expenses. The board is set up like 31-one-day calendar; as they move through the month, players may encounter bills for outstanding loans, encounter sudden cash windfalls, or find themselves confronting unexpected expenses. All of these are, of course, a part of real life--which opens up the possibility of fruitful discussions about "what if" scenarios.

Moneywise Kids

Two different games are included in Moneywise Kids, one for making change and the other for budgeting money. Players must account for food, clothing, and housing in the play option focused on money management.

Money Bags

Kids learn how to count change by earning money for various activities in Money Bags. In addition, kids are limited to using certain coins, forcing them to keep finding new ways to count the coins.

Easy Money

The original Easy Money game is actually over 70 years old! You roll the dice and move around the board to earn as much money as possible while counting large amounts of money.

Exact Change

Kids use their coins to put together the "exact change" to win the pot of money. It's a great learning tool for kids learning to count coins and make change.


Kids will decide how to reach success in the Careers board game. As in real life, you must try to figure out what is the best way for you to reach your final goal. It is a great way for kids to learn the value of not only money ​but where other aspects fit in to achieve what you want.

The Allowance Game

This newer game is ideal for younger children--or for children with shorter attention spans. Because the goal of the game is to save $20, it can help younger children to start thinking about the value of their own money--and wonder whether they really want to spend it all in one place!