Buying on Credit
This activity can help students understand what adulthood looks like through a hands on game of “Life” where they have to think about how they would manage their lives if they were faced with credit card debt and how debt can build each month.
This activity can be used in economics when discussing credit and life skills. It can also be used in a US History class during a unit on the 1920s where students are first introduced to widespread credit and installment buying or in a unit on the 1950s where they are discussing the disparity between the wealthy and the rest of America in post-WWII society. This is also a fun activity for a Life Skills class when discussing personal budgets.
File Includes: Teacher Instructions
Budget and activity overview handout for students
“Life Happens” Cards (2 versions- one has been adjusted for inflation)
*All items are editable
Materials Needed: Photocopies of handouts
Projector to display the Power Point
Cut out the “Life Happens” cards