pumpkins on a table and scale with money and paper with cost per ounce of pumpkins
Set up shop and practice some complex math skills!

Pumpkin Store

How it works:

Teaching finance to young children:

Finance can get a daunting topic to discuss with your children, but there are ways you can make it fun and enjoyable!

  • Count and learn about money; starting with coins
  • Talk about wants vs. needs; I believe knowing the difference between wants and needs is the bases of a lifetime of good finance habits
  • Play pretend store
  • Be a good role model.  Even if you don’t think you have all of the answers, talking about the money decisions you make can have a positive impact. For ex, talk about why you choose certain brands or items at the grocery store.
  • Have your child read the price of items at the store (either just recognize the numbers or read the whole price, depending on their development level).
  • Pay with cash.  It is hard for children to see money being exchanged when a credit card it used.  For small purchases, pay with cash and have your child help count out the money.
  • Allowance: giving your child an allowance is a great way to start helping them learn how to use and manage their own money.

Advice for giving an allowance

Additional Resources:

How to do:


  • Different sized pumpkins

  • Kitchen Scale

  • Pumpkin Store Printable

  • Money Template

  1. Purchase a variety of different sized pumpkins.

  2. Weigh them.

  3. Use the Pumpkin Store Printable to record weights and add different pricing to each pumpkin.

  4. Set up a store with your pumpkins and print out the Money Template.

  5. Have your child practice weighing the pumpkins and paying for them.

Book Recommendation

“Fall Pumpkins” by Martha E.H. Rustad is a colorful book describing how pumpkins grow, all the way from a seed to making a jack-o-lantern.  It even includes a roasted pumpkin seed recipe at the end!


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