What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zibkids helps kids learn about business and experiment with entrepreneurial creativity. Along with a complete "Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide," there are also a number of business ideas for kids to try out (cafe, florist, temporary tattoo parlor, for example) and online or printable activities related to those businesses (creating a website, business cards, flyers, and tracking profits). Unfortunately, some parts of the site currently aren't working and the blog, while rich with topics about money and business, is not updated regularly. Overall, there's lots of potential here with a little more work.
What's it about?
ZIBKIDS provides the tools to help kids in the later elementary/early middle school grades create their own age-appropriate business. Kids can also learn about entrepreneurship with its Elementary MBA/Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide with the help of parents or teachers who can use them for lesson plans or after school clubs. Guidebooks that will lead kids through the process of forming products (such as duct tape wallets) are not currently on the site, but are planned for future additions. Current features include a menu maker for a cafe business, customizable and printable business cards and flyers, and creating a business website. There's also a blog.
Is it any good?
There's so much potential here for kids to learn about and have fun with entrepreneurship. It's unfortunate that some portions of the site are not currently functioning; there are only a few business ideas (Zibz) for kids to choose, the printable material doesn't leave room for much creativity, and the blog (with a diverse range of well-written posts, including one on the $100,000 bill and another about getting a job) hasn't been updated in months. Many kids may not have the patience to stick with the spotty content and creative limits. Still, if a motivated parent or teacher takes the information already available here and guides kids in learning about business with that information, kids will certainly benefit.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what sort of business your kid may be interested in developing. How can your kid's personal interests translate into a good business idea?
Help kids use what they're learning to set up a lemonade stand, car wash, or even a booth at the local flea market.
Go through the Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide with your kid to help teach them the basics of business. Relate any personal stories with your own experience in business to your kid so they learn more about the ins and outs of real-world business.