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Over the last few weeks of lockdown parent's across the country have been tasked with the job of educating our children. I love helping my little ones to learn, and I'm always keen to make that learning fun so when I heard about NatWest's Island Saver game that helps children to learn about managing their finances I was really keen to try it out. You can also find out more about NatWest's Island Saver game on their webpage.
NatWest's Island Saver game is completely free to download and is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam, just search for Island Saver in the online store. A free game with no in app purchases provides us parents with a big sigh of relief! Once you have completed the first three levels, which will take a while, you can buy an expansion pack for £3.99 which is very reasonable.
Island Saver is a brilliant game that really captured my children's attention. Aimed at children aged 7-12 my middle two (6 and 9) really loved it. During the game you play a Bionaut tasked with cleaning up an island from lots of rubbish. The controls are easy to get to grips with and you go around the island sucking up rubbish and spray cleaning slime off areas which will free different animals. Cleaning up, recycling and freeing animals will earn you gold coins which you can deposit in the bank and save up to use to unlock different areas.
A tax bot will come along and take 1 out of every 10 coins you earn. My little boy asked me at first if the tax bot was the bad guy so it opened up a conversation about tax, why we pay it and what it is used for. In the game when you pay tax you earn tax credits that you can use for community projects and to empty the recycling machines of rubbish.
As the game progresses you can sell things that you grow, earning you more money and you can even learn about borrowing money and foreign exchange. A slime monster will also appear later in the game and will steal your money if you haven't saved it in the bank - another important lesson hidden in the guise of play.
I was really impressed with the game and it has kept my children entertained and opened up questions about money management in a fun and non-pressured way. There are also worksheets available for free download to further explore the money management topics covered in the game.
I really rate this game, it is not only fun and engaging but it teaches the children about environmental issues - cleaning up and recycling as well as money management. It does these in a fun way and opens up a conversation for additional learning in a non-pressured way. It's free to download and available on a variety of consoles so I'd definitely recommend giving it a go!
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