Game Review: Money Bags

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Image Credit: Bikurgurl 2016, Money Bags Coin Value Game

Game: Learning Resources – Money Bags Coin Value Game

  • Players: 2-4
  • Game Time: ~20 minutes
  • Ease of Use: Easy Peasy
  • Our Family Rating: 5/5

Having had this game for years, Money Bags is a great family favorite. We were able to bolster our learning of money playing this fun game. In addition, the chores offered on the game board encouraged my children to ask for chores they could get paid to do.

Chores in our home are already a daily requirement: We all live here, we’ll all work

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together to keep our space a home.

Second to being responsible family members is being fiscally responsible. Knowing the value of a dollar is so very important for our children to understand. We want our children to be happy and healthy, and while wealth is not a prerequisite to happiness, having enough money to pay for expenses like food and shelter, is a necessity as an adult. We begin these lessons early and often. We want our children to follow their hearts and passions, but we want to temper those dreams by instilling the necessity to work hard and sacrifice to get to their dreams. Games can help begin the process of learning the value of money.

Gameplay is easy: but if you’re children are new to money and value, give extra time and lots of support. It’s the repetitiveness of the game over time that will allow your children to learn the details.

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First: Place 41 cents in the center; this is the jackpot, or “Money Bag”. If your pawn lands on the Money Bag spot, you collect the money paid into the bag. What is the significance of 41 cents? It is exactly one coin of each value = one quarter (25 cents), one dime, (10 cents), one nickle (5 cents), and one penny (1 cent).

Second: Choose your pawn and roll to see who goes first. In our house, we usually let the youngest go first, so house rules as always 😉 Pawns are always a hoot for us – the boys use everything from Lego Minifigures and small toys to pieces of candy {but that doesn’t last long!}. The game comes with four pawns, little images of children, which work beautifully – so there’s no need to find something to add to the crazy of game setup. Unless your children are like mine and want to make everything their own!

Third: Roll and Go! Follow the spaces along the route according to your dice roll. When you land on the space, spin the spinner. This is where the coin work comes into play. Each space, the child will get ‘paid’ for a job, but how that job is paid to them is determined by the spinner. The player can get paid with no nickles, no dimes, or no quarters. The player could also lose that chore payment to the ‘Money Bag’, but never has to take money out of their own cache. Easy peasy!

Finally: Several spaces are designated as Bank Exchange. When we began playing this

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game, the boys were very young. We encouraged them to exchange their money whenever they liked, but there are designated Bank Exchange spaces when the player will get paid to simplify their coins into larger coins or bills. The winner is the player who has the most money at the end of the game!

This game was given to my boys by my husbands mother for Christmas many years ago and has been a great hit! If you have young children and you’re looking for a fun family game to support money value skills, this may be the game for you!

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