When it comes to awesome Christmas gifts for kids, I try to combine education and fun. I firmly believe parents should begin teaching their children about finances at an early age.
This way kids have a positive view about money and feel confident managing it as they go through their teen years.
So what’s the best way to get kids interested in learning about money? PRESENTS ha ha ha but seriously, here are our top 10 picks for this upcoming holiday season!
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10 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Kids
1. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Count & Rumble Piggy Bank
This piggy bank is great for babies and toddlers and the fact that it counts as your little one places the colorful plastic coins in the bank makes it an excellent buy.
Kids can press the nose of the pig to hear different sounds and phrases that will introduce them to the concept of counting and saving money.
I actually had one of Fisher-Price’s earlier piggy bank models for my daughters when they were young.
They loved the toy and it was also great for developing hand-eye coordination, as they had to place the coin the correct way to send it down inside the bank.
2. Stephen Joseph Kids’ Wallet
When you’re ready to start giving your child an allowance, a wallet is the perfect present. Stephen Joseph has a line of wallets that are appealing to kids ages 3 to 11.
You can choose a shark, bear, ballet slipper, bee, rocket ship, horse, dinosaur or construction cover.
The wallet is a tri-fold design and has room for dollar bills, coins, library cards and notes.
Parents report that the wallets hold up well, so your child will be able to use it for several years before upgrading to a more mature wallet.
3. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register, Pretend Play Cash Register
This Pretend and Play Cash Register makes practicing math skills much more fun, plus kids begin to see how they will use their math skills in everyday life.
Since the set is solar powered, you won’t even need to worry about buying batteries.
Included with the cash register are 30 pretend bills, 40 plastic coins, a pretend credit card, and an activity guide.
You can order it in pink, red or with an extra set of play money. It’s recommended for children as young as 3, but I think it’s best for ages 5 through 10.
4. Money Bags Coin Value Game by Learning Resources
Money Bags is a great game that can be used in a classroom, homeschool group or during family game night at home. The game requires students to count, collect, and exchange money.
Along the way, kids learn the value of a dollar, as the player in the end with the most money in their hands wins the game.
You can certainly introduce this game to preschoolers, but I’d suggest using it with kids in elementary school to reinforce the counting and money concepts that are being taught in the classroom.
I love how colorful the board is, but even more so how realistic the money appears.
When my sister and I were young, my dad helped us collect pennies and other coins from around the globe. I still have my collection to this day!
Not only is coin collecting a great way to learn about money, it can be a chance for a child and parent to bond.
This Coin Collecting Kit for Kids takes kids on a tour of a mint, teaches them about the history of money, and provides pages with slots to keep their coins.
It’s quite colorful and I’d recommend it for kids in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade as one of the most awesome Christmas gifts for kids.
6. KidKraft Colorful Wooden Grocery Store Marketplace Toy
If you’re looking to develop an entrepreneurial spirit in your kids, you’ll love this grocery store marketplace toy.
It’s safe for kids as young as 3 and encourages imaginative play, while also teaching the economics of buying and selling goods.
The stand comes with a cash register that opens and closes, plenty of space to display fruits and vegetables for sale and chalk boards to list prices and specials.
One parent reported that her children used the stand for everything from putting on puppet shows to selling baked goods, so the possibilities are endless!
7. 2021 Upgraded-ATM Savings Piggy Bank Machine
Older kids will want to upgrade to this revised electronic ATM savings bank machine. It works just like a real ATM. Kids insert their debit card and enter their PIN.
They can then choose to deposit money (the machine accepts both bills and coins), review their balance, or withdrawal money to make a purchase.
Kids quickly learn that you can’t get money out of an ATM if you don’t first save and put money in, which is an important life lesson.
The toy lights up and makes sounds like a real machine, so it’s great practice before your child turns into a teen and has access to his or her bank account.
Most schools don’t teach financial literacy, which is why this play check set is such a great idea.
You can start kids off with a pretend balance and help them learn how to write checks, make banking deposits, and keep a check register. The set of checks comes in five different sea creature designs.
Once kids reach teenage years and have their own jobs and pay their own cell phone bills or car insurance, they’ll be fully prepared to keep track of their finances and live within their means.
9. Money Ninja: A Children’s Book About Saving, Investing, and Donating
This book is designed for kids ages 3 to 11 and it’s appealing to children because it’s written and illustrated like a comic book.
You can read this book to your young ones before bed or when you have time to chat about the different concepts found in the book.
What I love is that kids will be able to see the difference in two characters – one who saves and one who constantly spends.
This will open their eyes to the value of saving, something that is important to learn early on.
10. Learning Resources Money Activity Set, 102 Pieces
What sets this kit apart from others is that it comes with money puzzles.
For example, kids will see a cash register with a price tag on one price and they will need to fit it with a second piece that shows the dollars and cents that make up the amount on the price tag.
The set includes realistic dollars and cents that can be used alone or with the pretend cash register or pretend grocery store marketplace cart.
There are a total of 102 pieces in the set, which is affordably priced when you consider everything you get in the activity set.
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16 thoughts on “10 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Kids – Make Learning About Money Fun”
Christmas is approaching and I have a few nieces and nephews, so I came across this article at the right time! I will definitely look into purchasing a thing or two here for my nieces and nephews. I’m sure they will appreciate it. Thank you for making my job easier!
You’re welcome and glad you found the post helpful!
I think it is a very well thought idea, an educational gift for kids and parents. I like the clean and straightforward presentation, options and enough information,helping anyone make their mind, Congratulations excellent job!!! Toys that help bring up the playful inner self and the financial analytical responsibility that we come to face later on in life.
Thanks! Our site is all about winning with your finances and what better way than to start when you are young!
You know, I always consider that our education system is not teaching our kids enough about money and money managing. And also I never knew how I can bring this subject with my child, or when to discuss this. But I never consider this approach with this type of toy.
Having fun and learning at the same time. Amazing idea.
Yes, I think the toys are a great way to introduce your children to money. They will find the topic fun and then that can lead to deeper conversations later on. You’ll be able to help guide them to success before they ever even leave home.
Teaching our children about money can be a bit boring. However, doing it with these games changes things for them and us. I see there are some on the educational side, like the board games. And others that are just toys. I want to take a look at the Money Bags Coin Value Game. It seems interesting.
Yes, I think your kids will love the game and they will get practice adding and subtracting money at the same time.
Wow, this is a great and helpful article. I have been trying to think of ideas for my 6 year old daughter leading up to christmas, and i think I may have just found the perfect gift for christmas! I think its a great idea to start teaching them to understand how to save and not spend all that is accessible to them. thanks for this!
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you found it useful. It’s never too early to teach kids how to manage money!
It’s nearly Christmas time!!!
Which also means a lot of prezys and money spending! This is a great post for getting my ideas for the children’s gifts. I think I’ll also use this for birthday presents too!
I like how educational they are too! I’m quite familiar with fisher prise so that I would definitely put on the list!
You’re right! Many of these gifts can also be given as Christmas presents or as a reward for a good report card, etc.
I could not agree more about teaching kids about money/finances at a young age. I am in love with the ATM machine!! So cute!
Me too! I love the ATM machine, as it teaches kids that you can’t get money out of the machine that you don’t first put in. I remember when my daughter was young and she wanted something. I told her we didn’t have the money in the budget for it and she said “you can just go to the ATM.” ha ha ha That lead to a lesson on how ATMs actually work.
First time I found your site. These are great and I wish I had done more on the money managing when my kids were young. But it isn’t too late! God gave me another chance with GreatGrandkids!
That’s Awesome! It’s never too early to teach the grandkids!