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Teach Your Kids To Budget

Cindy Posted Jul 10, 2012
by Cindy

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our most popular and effective activities for teaching your kids how to budget.

Excel Budget Sheet

In the Excel Budget Sheet activity, you have the opportunity to introduce your child to Microsoft Office Excel while teaching them how to create a monthly budget.

excelIf you know Excel fairly well you could create a new budget sheet with your child and then fill it in once a month. This is an excellent time to teach your kids how to set up a document in Excel as well as teach them how to use basic formulas.

If you do not know Excel well, there is a Personal and Family Budget Sheet template attached in the references section of the activity. Simply download the template and fill it in with your child once a month.

It would help your kids to see the value of budgeting if you show them how you budget for your family. Show them where you keep the family budget and when you sit down with them to update their budget sheet - take some time and update yours. If they don't see you doing the things that you are teaching them, they will likely disregard the lesson - it is very important to model good financial behavior for your kids. Kids learn best by seeing and doing. So make sure there is something good for them to see, in addition to a good activity to do.

Food Court Budget

This is a very fun and very simple activity to do with your kids anytime you are in a mall or a place with a food court. At a meal time, go to the food court or cafeteria and give each of your children 5-10 dollars to spend. Tell them they will not be given any more money, so if they want to have a treat they will have to save some of their money for the treat.

Give your children some suggestions for how they can save money and then let them go and get their meal. This is an activity that never gets boring as it is fun to see how far you can stretch a dollar. I know this is a fun strategy, because my parents used it with me - I loved it and always remembered how to be creative in my choices, so that I could get the best value for dollar.

Budget Field Trip

Your kids want to go to a specific destination - let them with the Budget Field Trip activity! But with a very small catch. They have to plan the day and stay within a budget that you predetermine! Have them do a little research online and find out how much admission/tickets will be, have them estimate how much they will spend in treats and toys and have them guess their transportation costs. Then pull out their budget amount in cash give it to them and help them stay on budget.

This activity also includes a useful list of ways to save money. You can find the list in the attachments section of the activity. You could print and give this page to your kids when they are planning and see how much money they can save.

Budget Bedroom

BedroomHave your kids been bugging you to re-decorate their room? Use their enthusiasm and the Budget Bedroom activity as a way to teach them how to budget. Get your kids to plan their ideal room. Then set a budget for them, take them to purchase the materials and then redecorate their rooms.

This activity also contains a useful list of ways that your kids could save money and it links to a planning website so your child can create an awesome room on a shoestring!


Budgets can be fun! Really - they can! You just need to tap into a genuine desire your kids have and then create a budgeting activity around it. This will help you to create a positive memory around a good financial habit and will help your child to become a super saver and a brave budgeter.

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Gardner's Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

Cindy Posted May 7, 2012
by Cindy

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences proposes that when you judge someone's level of intelligence you should not base your analysis on one general ability, but on a range of abilities. The intelligences do not exist in a hierarchy, and it is generally considered important for a person to exercise and exhibit a multitude of different intelligences for them to be viewed as talented and well rounded.

The intelligences that Gardner identified are as follows:

Multiple Inteligences


This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning and numbers.


This area deals with spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind's eye.


This area has to do with words, spoken or written.


The core elements of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are control of one's bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully.


This area has to do with sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music.


This area has to do with interaction with others.


This area has to do with introspection and self-reflective capacities.


This area has to do with nurturing and relating information to one’s natural surroundings.

Why does it matter to us at TrueSmarts?

Multiple intelligence theory is a large part of how we have organized TrueSmarts. We think it is important for children to develop in a variety of different ways in order to be adaptable, flexible and well rounded.

There are other advantages to approaching your child's learning from the multiple intelligences vantage point.  For instance, if you teach your child in a way that appeals to a dominant intelligence it will help to hold a child's attention. Conversely, teaching a lesson in a way that exercises a weaker intelligence helps a child to stay challenged and to be more flexible and well rounded.

Additionally, we know that traditional education has a strong focus on Linguistic and Mathematical intelligences and usually neglects the other intelligences for lack of time and/or resources.  Therefore, TrueSmarts was built as a resource which will help you expand and encourage your child's different intelligences.

We encourage you to browse for the current list of activities for each intelligence:  


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