We have had a few different plans and oddly enough, the unplanned is what seemed to make the most sense to young Vader.
He enjoyed played a computer game with me where you have to win events like racing your vehicle, doing stunts off of jumps with it, and collecting coins. You are able to “level up” your vehicle to make it faster and handle better and you also have the ability to buy new ones and many times you have to earn a certain amount of points before you can unlock the next one. Then you also have to have enough money to buy that new vehicle.
In the beginning, he didn’t understand why he couldn’t just get the firetruck. It was right there. He could see it and saw other people driving it in the game. Everytime, I explained that we didn’t have enough money and showed him how we earned the money and how much we had in the “bank.” Soon he started asking me if we had enough money to buy the next vehicle in the game and I could see that he was putting it together.
Making the transition to real money was easy. He knows that he has $11 and now we are working on him not wanting everything in the store and on YouTube.
If someone told me that they used a videogame to try to teach their kid about money, I probably would have thought it was a bad idea, but, whatever works.