Teaching Children Finances – www.kids.gov

Here are a collection of links provided by www.kids.gov that are focused on teaching America’s youth everything from the history of money and how it is made to how to invest it and save.

The collection of links below can be found at http://www.kids.gov/k_5/k_5_money.shtml.

Government Sites

A Tour Through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – (Department of the Treasury) – Join Agents Cash and Banks on a fun and exciting tour through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Learn about the history of United States currency in History Hall and the process of making new currency in the Production Room. This is something you have to download, so make sure to ask your parents first.

Ad Decoder – BAM! – (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – What’s the deal? Turn the pages in this interactive magazine and learn about the messages behind the ads you see every day.

Basics of Treasury Securities – (Bureau of the Public Debt) – In general, debt is in the form of Treasury securities including Treasury bills, notes, bonds, Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), and savings bonds. Some debt is held by Government agencies. The rest is held by the public.

Break The Bank – (U.S. Mint) – Answering coin trivia questions to fill a piggy bank and then break it open.

Coin News – H.I.P. Pocket Change – (U.S. Mint) – Keep in touch with United States Mint happenings including Coin of the Month and the Making Cents e-newsletter.

Coins and Medals – H.I.P. Pocket Change – (U.S. Mint) – Discover current and future coin programs, including commemorative coins, presidential $1 coins and more.

Collector’s Club – H.I.P. Pocket Change – (U.S. Mint) – Learn how to set up a collection, share your hobby, and find activities and games.

Design Your Own Bill – (Department of the Treasury) – Introduces you to money by designing your own currency.

Dollar Dive – (U.S. Mint) – While trying to escape Sea Monster, help Plinky dive for Presidential $1 coins.

FDIC Learning Bank – (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) – This site tells you the who, what, when, where and why about this agency – with a little help from Carmen Cents!

FDIC Learning Bank Lesson Plans – Here are some lesson plans from the FDIC on making change for a dollar and deposit insurance.

Federal Reserve Kids Page – The Federal Reserve System, also known as “The Fed,” is the central bank of the United States. It was created to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. Learn more about this agency and take a fun quiz!

H.I.P. Pocket Change – Looking for cool games, amazing time travel, and coin-collecting tips? You’re in the right place. Just visit the U.S. Mint’s site and discover a pocketful of treasures!

H.I.P. Pocket Change Games – (U.S. Mint) – Have fun playing these online games about coins.

Historic Highlights – H.I.P. Pocket Change – (U.S. Mint) – See some highlights of the U.S. Mint in this timeline.

History of the U.S. Mint – How have the United States Mint and its coins changed over the years? Find out here!

Interactive Note – (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) – The interactive notes provide an animated tutorial of the security and design features of the new $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills.

KidsInvest – LUCKY YOU!!! Remember that sweepstakes you entered? Well, You won!!! Now you need to decide what to do with all this money and see what happens.

Minting Process Revealed – H.I.P. Pocket Change – (U.S. Mint) – Walks you through the production steps that turn a sheet of metal into a bag of coins.

Money Match – NewMoney.gov – (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) – A card game that challenges you to find a matching pair of cards that have the same drawings or pictures of currency design features. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

Project CHANGE – (Securities and Exchange Commission) – Learn the importance of financial literacy. Get advice on saving, spending and sharing money.

Redesigned $10 Bill – (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) – The redesigned $10 bill includes subtle shades of orange, yellow and red along with images of the Statue of Liberty’s torch and the words “We the People” from the United States Constitution.

Redesigned $20 Bill – (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) – A safer, smarter and more secure $20 bill

Redesigned $5 Bill – (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) – The redesigned $5 bills are safer, smarter and more secure.

Social Security Kids Stuff – Social Security is your piggy bank for the future. As you work, you save by making payments to Social Security. Later when you no longer are working, Social Security will pay you back every month with a check.

Time Machine – This is a great site about learning the history of coins. There are great facts about interesting people, places, and events that are honored on our coins; you can now experience these people, places and events first hand.

Treasury Direct Kids – (Bureau of Public Debt) – It takes a lot of money to keep the U.S. Government running and a good deal of it is borrowed money. The Bureau of Public Debt’s job is to borrow the money needed to operate the federal government and account for that debt.

Treasury’s Page for Kids – Take a tour, learn about the agency’s history, the history of money, how to detect counterfeit, savings bonds and much more.

What is Debt? – TreasuryDirect Kids – (Bureau of the Public Debt) – Have you ever wanted to buy something, but didn’t have quite enough money? If you’ve borrowed money from friends, family, or anyone else and promised to repay them, then you are “indebted” to pay it back. This is called “debt.”

You Are Here – (Federal Trade Commission) – This site helps you think like a consumer and find out things like how advertising influences your decisions.
Other Resources

Bank It – It’s My Life – So, where do you keep your money? In a piggy bank? In an envelope tucked in a drawer? Or some of you might even have a savings account at the bank. Is that the best way?

Banking Kids Page – Elementary – Learn how to deposit funds and withdraw funds from a savings account. Try out the puzzles.

BrainPOP – Social Studies – BrainPOP’s has animated movies created to explain the world around us in an engaging way. There are some FREE movies, but most you have to subscribe to. Kids, make sure to talk this over with your parents.

Cash, Check or Credit? – TheMint.org – Until now you may have used only cash to make purchases. Cash is great! But as you get older, sellers will give you other ways to spend money.

Create a Budget – PBS Kids Go – A budget, or spending plan, will help you cover all your needs, wants, expenses, and saving goals. It requires three things: Knowing how much money you spend, knowing your saving goals and managing your money.

Credit Card Facts – TheMint.org – Get to know more about credit cards – their advantages and disadvantages – before you use them.

Econ Explorers Club Journal for Students – (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) – Discover the world of economics in their home, neighborhood and school by completing five long-term projects. Topics include prices, money, careers, savings and banking. (Adobe Reader required)

Economy for Kids – Scholastic – The Economy for Kids Special Report collects resources and articles to help you make sense of the economy, how it works, and what makes it such a vital part of our lives.

Federal Reserve Bank – Student Activities – All kinds of games to teach you about money.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – Online Activities – Find fun online games like Escape from Barter Islands, Discover Historical U.S. Currency and A Kid’s Guide to Money.

History of Money – Learn about money, from bartering to electronic money and everything in between.

Kids Bank – Learn about saving money, interest, and checks.

Kid’s Economic Glossary – Scholastic – A glossary of economic terms to help you better understand the economic and the current economic crisis.

Making Money: Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching! – Here’s how some It’s My Life-ers fill their piggy banks with extra moolah.

Money: It’s All About the Benjamins! – Lots of kids know how to spend money, but do you know how to earn it, save it and make it work for you? Kidsreads is here to help you figure out finance.

Planet Orange – Discover Planet Orange, and open your eyes to the world of money! Brave the desert, climb mountains, and dodge alligators while you explore everything there is to know about earning, spending, saving, and investing.

Wise Pockets Clubhouse for Kids – Wise Pockets teaches you about earning, saving and spending. Meet new friends, read stories and do some fun activites!

Young Americans – For Kids – Ready to be money smart? If you like money and want to learn how to earn it, manage it and spend it wisely, this is the site for you. There are lots of classes, camps and activities that will get you started and keep you going!

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These free resources found within these links should keep you child busy for a long time and the kids.gov website has seperated the materials they provide or link to by age.

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