Best Economics Games, Websites, and Apps

The economy can mystify even the most erudite scholar, let alone kids. With these accessible entry points into economics, kids can observe, experience, and reflect on tough concepts like trade and budgeting.

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BrainPOP Jr.

age 5+

Awesome educational animation to explore, for a fee.

URL: https://jr.brainpop.com/ (2011)
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Savings Spree

age 7+

Kids learn financial literacy through game-show action.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning

age 9+

Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2012)
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BrainPOP

age 9+

Videos and activities are fun, accurate, and valuable.

URL: https://www.brainpop.com (2012)
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GAME

Build-a-lot

age 10+

Accessible building sim both challenging and fun.

Platforms: Windows (2008)
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GAME

Style Savvy

age 10+

In-depth fashion game is also a good business simulation.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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WEBSITE

Kiva

age 11+

Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

URL: http://www.kiva.org (2012)
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GAME

The Political Machine 2012

age 11+

Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.

Platforms: Windows (2012)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World

age 11+

Brilliant expansion makes Civ V more edifying than ever.

Platforms: Windows (2013)
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GAME

Stop Disasters!

age 12+

Natural disasters become less scary in sim games.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2007)
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GAME

Tropico 4

age 15+

City building game offers tyrannical options.

Platforms: Xbox 360 (2011)
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WEBSITE

Mashable

age 16+

Slightly sensationalistic news, social networking.

URL: http://mashable.com/ (2012)