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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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Fun, entrepreneurial sim encourages kids to make smart money moves

Bottom line: Dinorama is a safe and fun way for students to learn real-world financial concepts.

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.

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.

Zoo Tycoon

Excellent park management game helps kids explore economics and zoology

Bottom line: A great way for budding zoologists to learn more about animals and the business of caring for them.

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.


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.


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.


Financial management made fun via real estate-themed building sim

Bottom line: Fiscal responsibility, city planning, and budget management are taught in a casual and engaging way.


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.


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.

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