Rolling in Money
As a Family Night activity with younger kids
Teaches the value of money and good stewardship
- Go to the bank and withdraw as many $1 bills as you can, up to $1,000. (Don’t worry—you’ll return most of it the next day.)
- Create an envelope titled “God’s Instructions for Money” with several notes containing Bible passages with instructions on how to use the money.
Malachi 3:10 = Give 10 percent to God.
Proverbs 30:24–25 = Save 10 percent for the future.
Romans 13:8 = Pay your bills. (List several pretend bills such as $500 for the house payment, $150 for food, $150 for the car, etc. Make sure the mock bills add up to almost the entire cash pile—leaving only a few dollars free.)
Follow the instructions on the next page for an unforgettable experience.
"Rolling in Money" Family Night
- Step One: Hide the pile of cash someplace in the house and invite the kids to find the secret treasure. When they find the money allow time for them to go nuts!
- Step Two: Invite the kids to count the treasure, promising them they will be able to spend it on anything they want AFTER following “God’s Instructions for Money.”
- Step Three: Have the children count out enough $1 bills to meet each financial obligation described on the three notes— 10 percent for tithe, 10 percent for savings and enough for each of the “bills.”
- Step Four: Give each child the remaining cash to spend as they please. Needless to say, they will be a bit disappointed. But they will also better understand real-world expenses and our responsibilities as stewards of the money God gives.
- Step Five: End your time creating a “Stewardship Box” with three slots labeled “Give” and “Save” and “Spend” for the kids to use when they earn money or receive their allowance.
- Step Six: Memorize the following jingle together: “Before you spend away—give, save, and pay.”
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