Nature/ Type: Educational game for kids to learn about money
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 5 year-old ++
Who would love this: Parents and kids who love monopoly and looking for something with an "Aussie touch"
Our family loves classic Monopoly, but I always thought it would be super awesome if we can incorporate actual Australian currency in the game to give it some real “Aussie” touch. So imagine my excitement when Knowledge Builder sent us this “Pocket Money 1”. This is a fantastic game to practise money-counting in Monopoly-style, but with a kids-friendly pocket money theme!
Why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Pocket Money Theme for Kids - The rules can’t be simpler; throw a dice, move your token, earn or spend money as indicated on the landed space, and be the first one to gather $50 in cash. Instead of “purchasing lands”, “building properties”, “paying super tax” or “going to jail” like in Monopoly, what we have in this game are something more relevant to the kids’ day-to-day life. We pay $1.25 for cupcake, earn $2.50 washing grandpa’s car, earn $4.35 from recycled bottles, and ride a merry-go-round for $1.50. The boy loves the “tooth fairy” space that earns us $6.00. I love that the game includes events and tasks that are familiar to kids. This is a great game to reinforce money awareness and to reevaluate our spending habits (the boy said he would never buy another bubble wand ever again 🤣 ).
(2) Realistic, Aussie Currency Design - The set includes 70 coins and 12 each of $5 and $10 notes. I love the realistic-looking play money, and how they replicate the true Aussie currency design on both sides of the cash (but with the words “Play Money” printed on them), just like the “Play Shop” set I have previously reviewed. We get to spend and earn, practise giving out change, counting cash, and learning about equivalent values (eg two 50c coins have equal value as a $1 coin). This is a perfect example where we get to learn new skills whilst having fun!
(3) Quality - The notes are made of synthetic paper with fantastic tear-resistant, and the coins are made of light weight durable ABS plastic. I love the foldable game board, and the resealable bags to store the cash.
I love the simple rules of this game. However, if you are looking for something more challenging for older kids, then “Pocket Money 2” might be a better option. I will review about it next time.
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