This got me thinking about the difficult concept of money and change, and how young children can start to get a grasp of it at a very early age, if the context is set in a fun and non-threatening way...kisses. I tried giving my 4-year-old 6 kisses and asked her how much change I should get if she were only supposed to receive 4 kisses. She counted up from 4 to 6 and happily gave me 2 kisses change. We stopped there for today, but the possibilities for extensions are endless. My husband has been trying to introduce the concept of profit to the girls for a while now, and it's just too abstract of a concept when there's no currency attached to it. They understand and can count kisses, and therefore are getting the idea without even knowing that they're getting it.
Try over-giving kisses and letting your child give you your change. The worst outcome is you bond with your baby over kisses.
- You can also try short-changing your child on kisses and asking how many more she should receive.
- If you kid is not a kisser, try exchanging hugs or handshakes.
- If you want to challenge your kids by counting with 5s, try giving high-fives and asking for change. Or, introduce multiplication and division by asking for 15 and have your child figure out that that would be (3) high-fives.