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Learning Money With Leo and RBC

I’m going to come to a conclusion when I say that learning money used to be easier for kids. Back when I was younger, everyone carried cash! My first money-education was knowing what I liked, and catching onto how much Mom always handed over for said item. A pop and chips, that meant the bill with $1 on it {how times have changed, right?}

These days most people, myself included, rarely use cash for purchases. My kids honestly think that this plastic {magic} card IS money. They think: Have the card and you can buy anything! Well, we all know that this alone doesn’t teach anything about money, they need an introduction to actual coins and bills in order to know the value.

So, If modern day present the issue of a ‘more often than not’ cashless society, let’s use our modern day advantages to fill in gaps, right? You got it – there’s an app for that!

Recall Leo the Lion and RBC? My first bank account when I was a kid with a paper route was a leo saving account. And, yes, my own 3 girls also have Leo accounts of their own too {with cute little account books}. Now, there’s the Learning Money with Leo app, free from the Royal Bank of Canada.

Intended for kids aged 6 year and younger, this app helps teach kids about money through fun games. It was put together with the input of early childhood education experts and parents, and is designed to:

  • Provide kids with an introduction to the concepts and value of money
  • Teach kids about earning, saving and spending money
  • Help kids develop a foundation of basic money skills that they can build upon in the years to come

Thoughts?

The twins love ‘Solve the Maze’, where you lead a certain coin to the same value at the end. As well, the spaceship game to collect coins is fun as well. There’s a great storybook {in the story, the two kids are twins!}, which tells a tale about the value of money when ‘wanting things’ and then instilling the importace of saving money as well. This is great since I’m pretty sure we have all faced our kids desperately wanting things but just not realizing that there’s a COST involved.

My oldest at 7 really loves this app too. She really benefited from the ‘Spot the differences’ game, which is just a tad too advanced for my 3yo toddlers. Plus, the ‘Match It’ was just right for her age too, since you have to match the written word to the picture word. Since my twins can’t read, this particular game on the app is too much for them right now, but my oldest loves it since she can practice her reading. So, my point is that even ages above 6 can benefit form this game, any kid that could use some money-education can benefit.

As well, up to 4 people can have their own ‘accounts’ on the app. So when they do challenges to collect ‘money’ for stickers, each person has their own ‘savings’ account.

And, since their mother keeps saying that her ‘magic-card’ isn’t something that can buy the world, this app is really helping to learn the value of money. Available in English and French, I urge you to give it a try. Aside from the free app, RBC also has more tips on teaching kids about money on their website.  

 

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

 

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  1. I think it is so important to teach our children about money because of the exact point you stated, they see us use our debit/credit cards and assume that it is a “magic” money card. They see us go to an ATM machine and “magically” get money too. They dont get many opportunities to see us use cash. My daughter has her own bank account and bank book. She is 8 years old, and she saves coins in her digital coin bank and i try to enforce the savings goal. It is tough and this app will help us parents teach some valuable money lessons.

  2. It’s important to teach kids about money at an early age so that they understand the value of money. Hopefully they will be more responsible and spend their money wisely.

  3. I think kids need to know about money so much earlier because the lastest generation seems to have such expectations that they should just HAVE stuff without working for it. I think it’s because we as a society have so much more disposible income that “stuff” is always there, to give, to get, etc.

    I downloaded this app and so far my daughter loves it. I hope the message gets through to her 🙂

  4. They learn how to determine the difference between wants and needs. Saving for a rainy day or that special something can be a reward instead of a sacrifice.

  5. I think it’s important to teach kids about money as it lays the foundation for future responsible money management. Teaching kids now about spending, saving and budgeting will take them a long way in the future.

  6. I think its very important so kids grow up to be responsible adults that know how to take care of themselves and money and know how to save and not go into debt,

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  7. It’s important to teach them at a young age so they can be more prepared to deal with it when they become adults.

  8. I believe it’s important to learn your independance when you are young. Especially if you are a girl. I wanted my kids to know that they can rely on themselves. I wanted their relationships to be developed with independance. I started giving them an allowance when they were five. We then had then put part of it in a jar and once a month we would deposit it to their bank account and they got to watch how it grew!

  9. It is important for children to know the value of money so hopefully they will not live on credit cards for everything. They must be taught that not only do you spend you must save also. This is a society of wants not necessarily needs.

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  11. I am a financial advisor with one of the big banks, and I see the outcome of not learning about money all the time! If you give you children a good, solid, education about money – where it comes from, how to earn it (to learn the value in it), what to do with it – spending money, long term goals and short term goals. If you do this for your children now, they will do so much better in thier life financially!

  12. You need to learn early that most money is earned and that a portion of it needs to be saved to have a secure financial adulthood.

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  14. It’s so important for me to teach my son about money because I see adults not handling their money very well. It scares me that so many have debt. I want him to learn to be a saver.

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  18. It’s important because it will provide them with a good foundation of money concept so that kids can understand money should be spend on things that they need rather than things that they want. Also, it will also prevent them from over-spending and incur in debt

  19. Learning about money, to me, is one of the most important of Life Skills. I wasn’t taught at all about money and have, as a result, made some horrid financial decisions.

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  26. It’s a cornerstone to maturing and learning how to grow up. I got my first credit card at 16 and never missed a payment yet. that’s 25 years later.

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  28. It’s so important to teach children the value of money early on so there aren’t devastating repercussions for them later in life. My parents bought me absolutely everything I asked for and never discussed with me how they were paying for it, I just assumed money was always there. In my teens, I spent every cent of my paycheque immediately after I got it because again, I assumed money would always be there. In my early 20s I racked up substantial credit card debt and spent the latter half of my 20s paying it off; all the while watching my friends advancing with their lives, buying their own houses, going on amazing trips. I learned a valuable lesson, but it was a hard way to learn it.

  29. I’ve had a lot of debt at one point in my life and it adds a lot of unnecessary stress, I’d like to teach my daughter to be more responsible than I was and live within our means

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