MADISON, Wis. (8/24/11)--The new, “Clink! Clink! It’s Money Time,” activity book from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) invites kids to make sense of earning and saving. “Recent research shows that very young children are capable of understanding basic concepts that underlie consumer decisions,” says Vikki Kinsler, a manager with CUNA’s consumer publishing team. “‘Clink! Clink!’ gives parents opportunities to have conversations about the use of money with their kids at an impressionable age.” Designed for youth ages five to 12, the full-color book features activities such as a crossword puzzle, a water slide maze, and a financial word scramble that incorporates saving, financial literacy and the credit union difference. Kids also can “Crack the Credit Union Code,” matching famous faces with corresponding coins or bills, and discover ideas for thoughtful gifts to create on a budget. The message that the credit union is the smart place to save is built into the exercises, and covers such topics as:
* Credit union terminology (member and share); * Saving terminology (deposit, withdrawal, account, interest and principal); and * How saving at the credit union keeps money safe for the future.
“Clink! Clink! It’s Money Time” is designed for kids who make deposits. CUNA suggests using it as entertainment in the branch while adults conduct business or as a handout after a school presentation.