Barter and trade were the first form of currency. Just because we use paper and coins today doesn't mean we no longer need barter and trade. Knowing how to be a skillful negotiator will help your child in many areas of their life.

Activity 1

This game with your children or your child and his and her friend:

  • Tell them they must each build a tower.
  • Give Popsicle sticks to one child and glue to the other.
  • Let them work out how to trade for the resources they need (you can help with ideas).

Activity 2

Turn choosing chores into a fun and engaging activity.

  • Write down each family chore on a separate note card.
  • Deal out the cards evenly to your family.
  • Allow family members to trade chores.