Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moonjar Family Kit Review and Giveaway

Like reading, writing and arithmetic, teaching children about money and saving is an important and valuable life skill leason. I was happy to review a product called Moonjar. I received a teachers guide, story, worksheets, an evaluation form, postards, moonjars, passbooks, guides, book, game and character dolls.
Moonjar moneyboxes encourage kids to enviision their dreams and creatively bring them to life. It offers a visual beginning for children to learn how to use money and build a financial foundation to reach their goals. There are 3 moneyboxes, one for each...spending, saving and sharing that also comes with a Moonjar Passbook which is kind of like a checkbook register. Your child keeps track of withdrawls and deposits into each moneybox.
The Classic Moonjar is a tin 3 part Moneybox with removable lids. All moneyboxes come with a family guide to encourage goal setting and discussions and a passbook to track the changes. The lids are also removable and the tin moneybox is very durable. The grandkids love the idea of having their money separated into different parts. The visuals are awesome because it helps to remind them of exactly what their goals are. Not once have I heard "I've changed my mind, I want to go and spend my money now". They love looking at exactly what they are saving for.
The Standard Moonjar is a foldable version of Moneybox. Easy to assemble and add visual reminders of goals and dreams to help children visualize budgets. It aslo comes with a passbook and guide. This is exactly the same as the Classic Moonjar except that it isn't tin but cardboard. Still has all the great benefits.
Noom and RaJ start a Business - The ABC's of Money - A hardcover business book for kids that is perfect for ages 5-12. It teaches them to build a business and comes with a standard Moonjar Moneybox, guide and passbook also. It is like a binder book. I have to say my 7,8 and 9 year old grandchildren really have learned alot from this book. It has lots of valuable lessons to be learned from it and even the younger ones can relate to it because of the pictures and how they are presented.
Conversations to Go is a box filled with big questions to stimulate conversations that get everybody thinking, sharing and talking!  It is a game that questions money. One of the questions is: If someone surpirised you with a good amount of money, more than you usually earn or get, what would you do with it? Wow! This is another great product! Not only did the grandkids learn alot from it but I learned some things they already knew that I didn't kow they knew. It was actually funny to listen to some of their answers they gave while answering some of the questions.
Moonjar Character Dolls are felt characters that are hand made in Mongolia. Each one has a Moonjar trait and comes with a loop for backpacks and a tag with the story of their character. We received Raj and Noom. My 2 and 3 year old grandkids nabbed onto these real quick. They put them on their backpacks. They try to do whatever the big kids do and since the older ones have all kinds of things attached to their packs, the little ones feel big now too.
Leader's Lesson Plan - This 45-minute lesson plan gives teachers, parents and community members the tools to teach kids about Saving, Spending and Sharing. Fun and educational; making money management accessible and engaging for everyone. This was really great to read through and teach the lessons to the grandkids. It made me think alot about some of my own decisions also. It includes  a word search puzzle, dream bubbles, cost of goods page, needs vs. wants and a goal setting page along with many lessons to be taught and learned. 
Moonjar LLC was established in 2001 by Eulalie Scandiuzzi, a Seattle native, to inspire and incorporate strong financial values and practices into everyday lifeThe name Moonjar comes from the idea of “Shooting for the Moon” and creating Big Dreams, along with the ancient custom of placing hopes and dreams in a jar.

Today Moonjar is a vibrant young company working to bring financial literacy to children and families around the globe. They believe the time to start the conversation about money is now and the way to start the 
conversation is through Saving, Spending and Sharing. All Moonjar products are trademarked, copywritten, patented and created with recyclable materials.
Although my 2 year old grandson doesn't understand the concept of saving yet, he loves to go and put his money in his Moneybox just like the older kids do, so he is learning to save regardless. He is still at the age where he wants everything he sees on TV so needless to say his dream bubble is changing hour by hour. 
It says for ages 5-12 but my 3 and 4 year old grandchildren totally understand what it is about and are just as excited as the older ones. 

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***Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this review. I received the product(s) described above. This is a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way. I am not responsible for delivery of this product.***

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