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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Financial Literacy

It’s never too early or too late to teach children how to make sound financial decisions. When grandparents and older adults purposefully share knowledge with grandchildren and youth about finance, they can help ensure future success and well-being.

With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources from Thinkfinity.org, this financial literacy guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group designed for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

Pre-k to Grade Three: Expose Young Children to the ABCs and 123s of Finance

  • Explore the different values of U.S. coins and play games to calculate different amounts
  • Find out how money is made, design your own bill, and learn about security measures that prevent counterfeit money from getting circulated
  • Discover the ABCs of saving
  • Learn why every penny counts and how to make smart shopping decisions
  • Talk about why saving pennies for a rainy day is a good idea and how children can give some of those pennies to a cause that will make them feel good

Grades Four to Eight: Play Games with Middle Schoolers to Encourage Interest

  • Compare and contrast the best places for having money available, having it earn interest, and keeping it safe
  • Categorize expenses and income to advance ahead in this budget odyssey game
  • Make a budget and don’t forget to talk about your tough choices
  • Categorize expenses and income to advance ahead in this budget odyssey game
  • Help characters get out of financial trouble in this online game while learning important financial skills

Grades Nine to Twelve: Connect Lessons to Real Life Teen Situations 

  • Identify spending leaks in a teen’s budget
  • Investigate compound interest in this savings account, credit card debt, and stock market simulator
  • Connect economics and geography to go global with the stock market
  • Figure out the cost of owning a car to connect math lessons to real-world situations for teens

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