This week we tried a new game. While attending a local homeschool convention I came across the vendor Simply Fun. The entire booth was covered in educational games…I got a little giddy! I started with purchasing every game in the booth and then worked my way down to only buying 5, but it was truly a hard decision. Bank It! made the cut.
Fridays are Fun Fridays in our homeschool. I try to plan only hands-on projects, games or out-of-the-house activities on this day. So for math, the girls were required to play one game. They chose Bank It!.
Bank It! Game Summary
Bank It! is a money strategy game teaching spending, saving and charitable giving. Players move their pawns around the board trying to save enough money to buy a bike. To do so, they must have at least $10 in the bank. But, there’s a catch…or a few catches.
- First, each player must purchase an item from each of the four stores in the mall. The items for sale change depending on the cards in the middle of the board and they are all different prices.
- Second, each player must have donated to charity at least once. You can only donate to charity when you land on the Community Giving Space.
- Third, you must have deposited the $10 in the bank. Ah, but once the money is deposited it can not be retrieved. So you have to plan wisely because your money will earn interest, but you will also need money to purchase items.
- Fourth, you might just land on a “Do I Have It?” space that will require some or all of your money.
This game gets a kid thumbs up. The girls played for over an hour at counting money and learning to make change. “I like it” and “It’s really fun” were the opinions stated in this household. And, of course, Mom likes it because it included “secret math.”
Check out their website, www.simplyfun.com, for more details on the game. I really like the quality of their games.