Family dinner games that will teach your kid a specific money lesson + have them begging to sit around the table? #MamaWins.
Mama Bears? You’re about to reach cool-Mom status. Not only that, but your kids will actually want to sit down to a family meal tonight.
Why is that?
On my quest to figure out innovative + experiential ways to teach your kids about money, I’ve come up with an idea that takes the cake (or brownie, or M&Ms, or Heath bars…).
It’s a Dessert Breakout Box. And it’s going down tonight, at your dinner table.
What does this have to do with teaching your kids about money? Well…they have to solve a money puzzle to actually break into dessert tonight.
What is a Dessert Breakout Box Anyway? Plus a Sneak Peek at the Storyline
Breakout boxes are pretty cutting edge in the education realm. Breakout EDU is leading the way with their idea to take an escape room − where a group of people get together and figure out puzzles to escape the room for entertainment − and bringing it to the classroom. They’ve got a stellar Breakout EDU kit, and then there are hundreds of challenges + adventures you can get to go along with it.
I mean, what kid (or adult, for that matter) wouldn’t want to get their hands on one of these?
I’m feeding off this escape-room-turned-box idea even more by bringing it to your dining room table.
And the lessons your kids will learn? Are all about money.
Everest Avalanche Storyline (Sneak Peek)
There’s an oxygen-deprived mad man on the mountain! Your kiddo is part of an expedition team who is stuck up at Camp 1 due to an avalanche cutting off their path. While they wait for helicopter rescue, they notice that one of their teammates has gone a little crazy. In his oxygen-deprived state, he’s heading UP the mountain instead of down. Even worse, he’s boxed up dessert with a lock and set sneaky codes your kid will need to break in order to get dessert tonight. Not a good thing when your food supply is dwindling anyway.
In order to break into this box and eat the dessert, your kiddo will need to solve one of the three money puzzles included as part of this free printable. It’s your choice which one (and feel free to use the other two for other memorable family dinner games)!
Pre-Work Overview + Details
Mama Bear, you get to choose from one of the three money puzzles that your child has to complete in order to break into their dessert box.
The three money puzzles are:
- Money Puzzle #1: Emergency Fund Balance
- Money Puzzle #2: Derailed Savings Plan
- Money Puzzle #3: Savings Account Purpose
You can pick by: divvying up a different puzzle to each child, choosing one puzzle for the whole family to solve, or by the money lesson you’d like your child to take away from the dinner table tonight.
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How to Get Your Kid(dos) to Beg to Sit down to Dinner Tonight
Get your kid(dos) to beg to sit down to dinner tonight by leaking various hints throughout the day about what’s going down at family dinner time tonight.
:: Write on a kitchen chalkboard your dinner menu + “Dessert: Held Captive”
:: Watch the family-appropriate Everest DVD Beyond the Edge with your kids, and tell them their hint for tonight’s dessert is in it
:: [Insert your own idea!]
Use this Dessert Breakout Box to add a second course to dinner the kids will never forget.