Family

12 March 2021

The Money Talk

A game for parents and kids to laugh, learn and play their way to financial understanding.

Play 'The Money Talk' with your children and find an answer to the following questions:

  • How do you talk about money with your children?
  • Do you need it or just want it?
  • What does it mean to earn money?
  • Why are advertisements not always as good as they seem? 
  • Why do we borrow money?

Overview of the game

Each day there’s a new topic and a new activity to play with your kids. Here’s a snapshot of what we have planned, and what you’ll need in order to play all of the activities for the week.

  1. Game 1: We’ll turn your kids into professional bottle flippers and learn about earning money.
  2. Game 2: We’ll learn the difference between needs vs wants with an activity that gets your kids prioritising which ice cream flavours and toppings they can afford.
  3. Game 3: We’ll learn about savings with a delicious experiment that features a cookie you can’t eat.
  4. Game 4: We’ll learn about spending wisely, and explore the truth in advertising. Your kids are invited to help us design the packaging of the most disgusting cereal ever.
  5. Game 5: We’ll learn about the concept of borrowing with a playful spot-the-difference picture hunt game.

What is the Money Talk?

Do you need it or just want it? What does it mean to earn money? Why do we borrow money? And why are advertisements not always as good as they seem? The Money Talk game is developed by ING's partner 'the Think Forward Initiative', designed to get kids curious, asking questions, and start the conversation about money.

Think Forward Initiative’s mission is to empower people to make better financial decisions. This includes kids! One of the most promising methods to teach children about money is to talk and practice. By giving them the right tools and support, they’ll develop the capability to make financially sound decisions later on in life.*

So, set aside a little time to play Money Talks, a game for parents and kids to laugh, learn and play their way to financial understanding.

Ready to play?

*Amagir et al (2018); Johnson & Sherraden (2007).