One on my favorite ways to teach is by having fun together. Since my interest in Wall Street is greater than my knowledge, I decided we could learn all together.
To its credit, Wall St. Spin was a winner of Dr. Toy's Award for educational skills; thus, it has both fun and learning. It is designed for 2 to 6 players, ages ten to adult.
Interestingly, Donald and Betty Dutch, creators of Wall St. Spin, were victims of the dot-com bust. They seem to be turning lemons into lemonade, which could be a lesson in itself.
I've always felt that playing the stock market was a bit like playing a risky game with our finances. Now, my family can play the stock market without "losing our shirt" or anything else for that matter.
The point of the game is to gain stock and money while managing market fluctuations and crashes. The game is simple enough that a novice can play but a stockbroker would have fun strategizing. This game has a "unique and patented spin mechanism (that) offers multiple outcomes without complex math."
The game could easily be worked into an economics curriculum for the older student. They could even write a report on the "market happenings" of the game. Younger children could be taught lessons on risk and resource management. Furthermore, parents can learn about the stock market alongside their children while adding in lessons on values.
Lastly, a game dealing with money and money management should be put into perspective. The financial risks of this world system are a reality. The only reliable, risk-free investment plan is that of our Heavenly Father who told us to store up treasures in heaven.