- Ages 6 and up
- Free trial / $30 (for up to 5 computers)
- XP, Vista (64 bit support), Mac OS X 10.4 or later
KidsSave sports bold, colorful graphics to get kids interested in learning about money. Children enter deposits and withdrawals, count money, view account history, and can receive an automated allowance. Parents have access to accounts and can set up interest, allowance, matching funds, limit the amount of savings kids can spend, and receive confirmation of all transactions.
KidsSave Money Counter teaches young kids to identify bills and coins, counting money, and adding and subtracting money.
Unique feature: What-if scenarios show kids how money grows over time and the effect of interest rates.
- 1st - 6th grade
The graphics and interactions in Planet Orange adventures are educational and fun, and money lessons are appropriate for each age level.
Unique feature: Includes parent and teacher resources.
- Ages 5 - 11
- Windows Vista, XP, Macintosh OS X Native
Penguin Cold Cash is divided into six games with four levels of difficulty. Animated (and very cute) penguins teach how to identify bills and coins, count money, figure out money equivalents and count change.
Penguin Cold Cash activities include iceberg surfing, belly sledding and inner tubing behind a wheel, and players work with realistic money ranging from a penny to a hundred dollar bill. The program can be used to teach multiple children about money and each player has their own log-in.
Unique feature: Keeps track of high scores for each player, adding to the arcade game-like fun.
- My Budget Planner for Kids (Ages 4-9)
- My Budget Planner for Teens (Ages 10-18)
- Windows 95 through Vista
My Budget Planner for Kids is attractive to younger children, and graphics are colorful but somewhat dated. The version for teens skips the cute graphics to provide a tool for organizing money and planning. Kids who are 15 or older will probably prefer online personal finance software with cell phone features.
Unique feature: Reinforces charitable giving.