How to talk to your kids about money

Last updated: 7th January 2021

Do you remember the first time you had your own money? Maybe it was your weekly pocket money? A fiver tucked into a birthday card? Earning a few pennies from the paper round?

After all, money isn’t just something that concerns grown-ups. It’s important for kids to learn about too. That way, they can start understanding how to make good financial choices early on.

We know it can be tricky figuring out where to start. That’s why we’re happy to share some special resources. They’ve been put together by the Building Societies Association and Young Money, a financial education charity which is part of Young Enterprise.

The sheets have been designed with certain age groups in mind. But they could still be helpful for kids of different age groups, or even adults. After all, it’s never too late – or early – to start learning!

Activities for you and your child

Key Stage 1 (age 4-7)

Key Stage 2 (age 7-11)

Key Stage 3 (age 11-14)

Key Stage 4 (age 14-16)

Key Stage 1 (age 4-7)

Introduce your little one to the concept of banks with the ‘Keeping our money safe’ sheet. It’ll encourage them to think about the best place to keep their money.

Download 'Keeping our money safe'

The first step towards budgeting is knowing the difference between necessities and luxuries. The ‘Needs and wants’ resource will help you explain this in a way your child will understand.

Download 'Needs and wants'

Old fashioned weighing scales balancing coins

Key Stage 2 (age 7-11)

We all face pressure to buy things we don’t need. The ‘What influences our choices?’ activities are designed to help you talk about how we’re persuaded to do things, buy things and try things.

Download 'What influences our choices?'

Budgeting is an essential skill for any adult. Get your child started early by going through the ‘Simple budgeting’ sheet, which will help them consider the cost of going on holiday.

Download 'Simple budgeting'

Jar filled with coins

Key Stage 3 (age 11-14)

It’s a good time to get your child thinking about what they might do with their money. The ‘Money choices’ activities are there to help you start the conversation.

Download 'Money choices'

Having a bank or building society account is an important part of adult life. Help your child to understand what this means for them with the ‘Save and spend’ sheet.

Download 'Save and spend'

Piggy bank

Key Stage 4 (age 14-16)

Get your teen thinking about their financial goals and how to plan for them. The ‘Long term planning and borrowing’ resource is all about saving and borrowing for things like a holiday, a car or a house.

Download 'Long term planning and borrowing'

It’s really important to protect yourself from fraud – and to teach your teen to do the same. The ‘Protecting your identity’ sheet is a good place to start.

Download 'Protecting your identity'

Open wallet with cash and cards

Looking for more resources?

If you’ve found these activities helpful, take a look at Young Money’s parent toolkit for more resources and tips. And if you want help continuing the conversation, take a look at the Money and Pension Service's guide to talking to your kids about money.

 

This article is intended as summary information only. No reliance should be placed on this article.