Money! What is money? Money is any item or medium of exchange that is accepted by people for the payment of goods and services, as well as the repayment of loans. Simply put money makes the world go ’round. While adults do whatever they can to earn money, when bills are handed over to a child it becomes a whole new thing. As a kid, I loved money. What kid doesn’t? I’d get it on birthdays, earn a weekly allowance and try to save whatever I could to put towards something big. Very rarely did that ever happen though. Haha. My siblings and I would even play Grocery Store and use the money from Monopoly. Even though the money we used then was fake, it was still fun to pretend we were rich beyond our wildest dreams. I felt rich when I held a $20 bill in my hand. Oh how times have changed.
Money games were a big part of my childhood. As I mentioned, we played money games at home but money games were also part of our education. We’d have those fake money sets you can buy in stores that include fake pennies, nickels, dimes and bills that would all fit into a fake cash register. I very rarely see those sets anymore.
With everything becoming virtual, it’s no surprise that I can now find free money games to play online. Although these games are meant for children, I enjoy playing them too. There’s a bit of nostalgia in them for me. They can easily be played in your browser, the graphics are adorable and the games are so easy to understand. Plus, they help out anyone with math skills.
I found two games in particular that I love:
As I mentioned earlier, Grocery Store was a big hit for my siblings and I growing up. We’d take anything from food to clothing, pretend scan it, bag it up and hand over the cash to pay for it. There were even times that I would play this game on my own. To see this game in a virtual setting is so neat.
Grocery Cashier is a game where younger children can practice addition and subtraction along with monetary familiarity by operating a virtual cash register.
You start the game by clicking Tap To Begin.
Then this screen appears and you just follow the directions.
How many times as a kid did you find it hard to make change? While I wasn’t perfect at it, games such as this one will help out in the long run. I worked in retail for a bit and even then as an adult there were times that I had to double check to make sure I was giving back the right amount of change.
Cash Back is a game where players give customers the correct change using bills and coins.
I love that the graphics for this game are simple yet right to the point.
In this particular game, you click on the + sign to put towards the change amount and then click Give Change. This one is also timed. For each one you get correct, more time is added to the Timer down in the bottom left corner.
I don’t think I did too bad here. Hehe.
The site I played these games on is super fun and can be played on any browser. There are a WIDE array of different types of games you can play, so be sure to check them all out. These two in particular were my personal favorites. If you have kids who struggle with math or money, consider having them check out these money games.