Learning Money With LeoSunday, March 25, 2012
Mommy, can you buy me that toy?
How many times have you taken your kids to a toy store looking for gifts for their friends and all they want to buy are toys for themselves? It happens to me all the time and it drives me bonkers! They act as though they have never seen a toy in their life. That's when the mom guilt sets in. Have I totally spoiled my children? Or have I failed to teach them about the concept of money and that it doesn't actually grow on trees? Teaching young children about money is undeniably a life skill that has been overlooked in our household. Until now.
Learning Money with Leo is an iPad app that has been designed with the input of early childhood education experts and parents. It features a variety of kid-friendly and interactive games to teach your children about earning, saving, and spending money. As your child plays each game, he or she can earn coins, which can be used to buy stickers for his or her very own virtual sticker book. Available for FREE from iTunes in both English and French, the purpose of this app is to:
Learning Money with Leo
- Provide kids with an introduction to the concepts and value of money
- Teach kids about earning, saving and spending money
- Help kids develop a foundation of basic money skills that they can build upon as they get older
I am thankful for the Learning Money with Leo app because not only does it help build a solid foundation of money concepts at an early age, it's tonnes of fun. I have played it so many times. Er, I mean, my kids have played it so many times. And it's so easy to use. Simply log onto iTunes on your iPad and type in “Learning Money with Leo” in the search bar and download the free application.
For my son, who is three, the app provides a wonderful introduction to the world of Canadian money. The interactivity of each of the games keeps him entertained and challenged. His older sister, who is six, loves to help him with the matching game and is just as eager to play the games herself. (The only thing is, when setting up her profile, it only allowed eight characters for her name when she has nine.) From the first time he started to learn money with Leo, he was pretty much able to figure out how each game works, a testament to the intuitive nature of this iPad app. And the fact that this free app is available in French is an added bonus. I may just have to bring my iPad into the classroom...
For more tips on teaching your kids about money, visit the RBC Advice Centre and Introducing Learning Money with Leo to learn more about Leo the Lion and for answers to frequently asked questions.
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It's important to teach kids the importance of money and how to manage it because they are the new generation. 20 years from now we don't want to be in the credit mess that we are in today. Teaching kids while they're young is important for everyone's future. ~ Rebby
Disclosure – I am participating in the RBC Learning Money With Leo program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of RBC Royal Bank. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.