Sunday, January 8, 2023

Pocket Money 2, By Knowledge Builder - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Board game that teaches about management of money 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:  8 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Older kids who are curious and want to learn more about money management in a fun way!  

I’m guilty of occasional splurges, and “special celebrations” (which coincidentally, includes Christmas 😆🤣) are always great excuses to spend! I am really pleased that there is a game that focuses on the concept of “spend-wisely” without sounding too “preachy”. This is one of our family’s latest favourites - “ Pocket Money 2” from Knowledge Builder

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Learn Basic Skills to Manage Money Through Play - We love Pocket Money 1, but Pocket Money 2 is of a whole new level for the older kids! We get to learn the basics of managing money, including understanding the differences between “spending money” and “saving money”, need and want (paying phone bills is a “need”, but enjoying a theatre experience is a “want”). We also learn to balance and allocate a portion of money for charity, saving in bank, and unique experiences. Each player will start with $100. To win, you need to have $250 in the bank, purchased 2 Wish cards and 1 Charity card.The key is to spend strategically; eg we should first earn enough cash prior to buying a charity / wish cards to prevent ourselves from getting “bankrupt” too soon. 

(2) Multiplications & Divisions - This is an amazing game to practise mathematics skills through play! For example, the proceeds from “Cupcake Stalls” or “Car Wash” are meant to be shared equally (i.e divided) amongst all players.We also need to calculate total earnings by multiplying hourly rate with the number of work done (eg, 3 hours of supermarket work ($11 per hour) would earn a player $33). Each time a player passes the “Start” space, they earn 20% of the money held in Saving Account. There are also rules about “rounding up” to next ten, exchanging smaller notes and coins for equivalent larger denominations, and a chance to work with decimals and whole numbers. 

(3) Realistic-Looking Aussie Currency Cash - The notes and coins are realistic-looking based on Australian currency. Included are 70 coins and 80 notes (from $5 to $100). I love the money tray  that neatly organised all the cash based on denominations. The notes are made of synthetic paper, not easily tearable, and the coins and tray are made of high-quality ABS plastic. I love the quality and the educational value of this game! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

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