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Best Business and Finance Games

Get kids into the habit of saving money from a young age so that as adults they'll make wise financial decisions. Whether students need to learn how to count coins or prepare for their first credit card, there are digital tools that can help build students' financial literacy skills. From balancing the federal budget to managing their own business, these games will help kids see the value of money and how it's managed.

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Freefall Money

Money and math learning worth its weight in coins

Bottom line: Freefall Money engages students with a bright user interface, progressive difficulty, and fun rewards for coin mastery.

Motion Math: Cupcake!

Irresistibly sweet bakery sim empowers kids to run a successful business

Bottom line: Motion Math: Cupcake! is an empowering, exciting way for kids to learn and practice real-world application related to math and economics.

Motion Math: Pizza!

Serving up valuable economics lessons with an extra helping of fun

Bottom line: Fantastic math game gives kids a taste of what's needed to run a profitable business.

TED-Ed

Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short video lessons

Bottom line: TED-Ed includes excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.

People's Pie

Federal budget game's challenge delivers powerful message

Bottom line: Federal budgeting -- and its unique ethical and mathematical balancing act -- fits game-based fiddling and strategizing well, but expect a challenge.

Biz Kid$

You can bet on business and finance being interesting for teens

Bottom line: Biz Kid$ is a great introduction to financial literacy, with linked activities as well as frequently updated interactive video clips and a blog.

iCivics

Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government

Bottom line: This excellent addition to a civics classroom simplifies complex topics.

Next Gen Personal Finance

Straightforward finance site brimming with resources for teachers

Bottom line: This is a useful, high-quality, well-organized resource for teachers putting together short personal finance lessons or entire curricula.

SimCity

Exciting city simulator great for online play

Bottom line: SimCity does a great job teaching kids about cities by putting them in control of designing them, but this game needs a constant Internet connection.

Spent

Provocative, first-person look at poverty builds empathy

Bottom line: It'll need some scaffolding, but for students ready for the subject matter it's a great -- if sobering -- way to illustrate to students the daily realities and struggles of poverty in America.

Layoff

Bejeweled-style gameplay adapted to build empathy, critique downsizing

Bottom line: An easy, instantly engaging, and fascinating starting point for deep conversations about the economy, business, government, and workers.

Offworld Trading Company

Rare, combat-free strategy game focused on trade, finance

Bottom line: Great intro to basic economics principles with baked-in gameplay and real-world applications.

Night of the Living Debt

Free credit score app uses zombies to get lesson across

Bottom line: This game is a quick way to drive home the message of how and why to keep your credit report healthy and your credit score high.

Personal Finance Lab

Authentic stock market simulation's foray into curriculum falls short

Bottom line: Uneven financial curriculum emphasizes stock trading while other skills lag behind.

WE THE ECONOMY

Explore big questions about the economy with collection of short films

Bottom line: Detailed films can help raise awareness about economic issues that are often ignored or misunderstood.

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