I visited Juan Cabrillo for the 6th time this Monday and Wednesday, and during this visit we tried out a new game: Spend or Save.
The game plays like Candyland, but the idea is the players are trying to save money for a summer trip, and the cards they draw tell them if they have spent their money or saved it. Winning or losing in this game is really just luck, but I asked the kids to think about times when they have wanted to save up for something. Did they have a hard time resisting the urge to spend their money as soon as they earned it, or were they able to hold on to it and wait to buy something more expensive? As the kids played the game, they were shown how hard it is to accrue any cash if you can’t resist repeatedly spending a little bit here and a little bit there.