As an educator, we know that one of the latest trends in learning is through gamification. Thanks to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, a multitude of websites have popped up with various educational games, with the most popular ones being quiz-based games like Kahoot! and Quizizz.
But games don’t always have to be quiz-based. What if we could have games that are just games, without the explicit educational aspect, and yet learning still takes place?
So I got excited when I came across this website which offered a multitude of financial games, designed for kids. But it’s not only for kids. I myself was learning too as I played the games.
It wasn’t that really easy to find though, as it was inconspicuously hidden under “Mortgage Calculator”.
There are a number of games available on this website, all for free! Every game comes with a tutorial as a quick run-through about how the game is played and what the aim of the game is.
Designed for kids
Some of the games are really designed for younger children. The money games are actually just Math, but done with money. It is a practical way of teaching children about handling money, which is an important life skill.
An example of this is “Cash Back”, where the settings can be adjusted depending on the child’s level.
Test your entrepreneurial skills
How about putting your entrepreneurial skills to the test in a safe environment? Well, it’s not really like real life, considering we don’t actually have to stand out in the hot sun and brave the weather, and deal with fussy customers, or handle inventory, but it does enable us to get an idea on the factors we need to consider when pricing our products, and making sure we purchase enough raw materials for our sale.
Coffee Shop was an interesting game I tried. The aim is to make as much money over 14 days.
Not all games are made equal
Some games aren’t really games though, and to me, they made no sense and were quite disappointing.
So not all the games here are great.
Overall, many games are educational and interesting, so it is a matter of testing and trying out the games in order to determine whether they’re good. There are more than 70 games on it, many of which are quite fun to play. The only thing is that you can’t save your progress as there is no account or login, so for the most part, you’d have to complete the game in one sitting.
I’m definitely going to get my students to play some of these games!