Planet Orange – An Attempt To Teach Young Kids About Money

Without a doubt, pretty much everyone I’ve met thinks that society as a whole needs to do a better job (any job?) teaching our young ones about money in general. Throw in a financial crisis and education on money matters is more top-of-mind than ever.

But where and when do you start? The earlier the better I say.

Clearly the material taught has to reflect the life stage of the pupil, and since I have no kids and only recently starting hanging out with babies, I have very little working knowledge of how to effectively engage children. However, ING Direct has just launched “Planet Orange” which is designed as an interactive way to teach young kids (Grades 1 through 6) about the very basics of money.

They sent me a press release and I checked it out earlier tonight. I signed up for an account and completed about 25% of the program. It is set up as a website/game that kids log into and they control a spacecraft that can travel to four different worlds. On each world are four different lessons/stories about money ranging from the origins of money and budgeting and eventually getting up to the very basics of portfolios. They earn money for hearing stories and completing quizzes and they have to budget their money in order to buy fuel to go to the other worlds, etc. So not only do they learn about money’s history, they actually get to put budgeting into practice.

Like I said, I don’t know what works with kids, but perhaps some readers with more experience with children would like to check out the site and let us know your thoughts? Here’s the site:

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Veronica

    When my daughter was little (age 5) I started her on an allowance. She could spend it on anything she wanted, but when it was gone it was gone and she couldn’t ask me for more spending money. If she wanted something expensive she would have to save 50% and I would match the other 50%. For example, as a pre-teen she saved to buy a camera. Today, as an adult, she is very financially responsible and budgets her money well.

  • Real Estate Investment Software

    This is probably the best inheritance we can leave them

  • Patrick

    I’m a little leery of teaching money skills through a bank. Don’t they thrive off people who borrow as much as they can and don’t mind paying a lot of fees?

  • Alex Fernandes

    Great post, I totally agree that people should teach their kids about money management and money saving from young age.

  • Hollie

    Preet, you may want to check out my blog once again I am refering back to one of your posts..this one. My 11 yr checked it out. Gives it ok rating.

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