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Kids learn about a variety of money-related topics, including recognizing and counting U.S. dollar coins and bills, and financial literacy topics like saving, thoughtful spending, banking, investing, and credit.
Characters throughout showcase a variety of skin tones and include boys and girls equally.
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Ease of Play
The virtual map and activities are mostly easy to navigate. Sometimes it's not clear how to advance to the next game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FitMoney $upersquad is a free web-based interactive game that covers the basics of financial literacy. Kids watch videos, answer multiple-choice questions, and play mini-games to learn about the value of money, saving vs. spending, wants vs. needs, basic banking models, and more. Kids need to sign up for an account using a parent's email address, and within seven days, the parent needs to approve and confirm the account. The games are text-based, but there's an audio button to hear the text read out loud. At the time of review, FitMoney $upersquad was in beta version and there were a few technical problems that sometimes made advancing through the activities a little confusing.
Is It Any Good?
In a simple, accessible way, these financial literacy games address a topic that is often overlooked. The curriculum in FitMoney $upersquad relies mostly on videos, though there are enough interactive games to engage kids and encourage them to think and practice the topics covered in the modules. Explanations for complex topics are mostly presented in easy-to-understand language, though younger kids may still need some additional help. Things also move pretty quickly, and some topics will need a lot more practice. There's some limited feedback when kids answer questions incorrectly, but nothing in depth. Parents should think of these games as a starting point for introducing concepts like the difference between needs and wants, or the importance of saving money. The end of each module comes with some nice extension suggestions that will help parents get started with expanding on what their kids are learning. Overall FitMoney $upersquad is a great way to approach exploring the idea of financial literacy.
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