Apps and books to educate your kids about money

  • The Washington Post
  • Sunday, February 3, 2013 3:09pm
  • Life

How much do your kids know about money? Check out these websites, apps and books for parents and children.

Internet

Disney’s Great Piggy Bank Adventure: Collect coins and work toward savings goals on this colorful website. Mini games have you trying to outsmart a wolf who wants to steal your coins. piggybank.disney.go.com/game

The Mint: Kid-friendly information on money, including ways to earn, spend, save and give it away. Take a quiz to find out “The Truth About Millionaires.” (Hint: Most millionaires aren’t professional athletes or actors.) www.themint.org/kids

PBS Kids: It’s My Life. Get advice on earning, spending and saving money. Play the Mad Money budgeting game to see if you can afford the things you need and those you want. www.pbskids.org/itsmylife/money/managing/index.html

Apps

Green$treets: Unleash the Loot! This app lets kids earn pretend money by cleaning up toys and the garden. Decide how much to save and spend. For iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Available in the iTunes store. Free.

Save! The Game: This app is a race to collect coins and put them in a piggy bank while avoiding the iWannas, creatures that will steal cash. For iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Available in the iTunes store. Free.

Books

“Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees” by Neale S. Godfrey. $14.99. Parents can look for more tips on helping kids understand savings and budgeting.

“National Geographic Kids Everything Money” by Kathy Furgang. Ages 7 to 12. $12.95. Learn about the history of money, what it looks like in different countries, how it’s made and other fun facts in this colorful book.

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