15 Fun Ways for Kids To Make Money

Hey, parents! Want to give your kiddos a crash course in money smarts without boring them? It's all about letting them earn and manage their own moolah! And with summer right around the corner, there's no shortage of ways for them to rake in some extra dough.

If your little ones aren't exactly jumping at the chance to make money, no sweat! Sometimes you have to nudge them in the right direction. Next time they're eyeballing something fancy that's out of budget, give them the old "you can earn it yourself" spiel. Or hey, make it a team effort – you cover half, they cover half. It's all about getting those money-making gears turning!

In celebration of National Credit Union Youth Month, let's dive into 15 fun ways your kids can score some extra cash.

  1. Lemonade Stand Lovin'

Picture this: the sun's shining, birds are chirping, and your kiddos are mixing up the sweetest lemonade in town. Setting up a lemonade stand isn't just a way to beat the heat; it's a crash course in entrepreneurship! They'll learn about budgeting (how much for lemons?), marketing (make those signs pop!), and customer service (always greet with a smile!). Plus, there's nothing like the satisfaction of counting those hard-earned dollars at the end of the day.

  1. Senior Superhero

Being a helper isn't just about earning cash; it's about making a difference in someone's life. Pair your kiddos up with a local senior who could use a helping hand. Whether it's running errands, lending a listening ear, or simply sharing some laughs, they'll not only earn money but also gain invaluable life lessons about empathy and kindness.

  1. Yard Sale Shenanigans

Ah, the sweet smell of spring cleaning! But why should adults have all the fun? Let your little ones take charge of the annual yard sale extravaganza. From sorting through old toys to pricing knick-knacks, they'll learn the art of decluttering and negotiation. And who knows? They might even uncover some hidden treasures worth a pretty penny!

  1. Lawn Care Legends

Move over, landscaping pros – there's a new crew in town! Armed with mowers and trimmers, your kids can turn overgrown lawns into lush green masterpieces. Not only will they earn some extra cash, but they'll also get a workout and soak up that vitamin D. Talk about a win-win-win!

  1. Pet Pals

For animal lovers, there's no better gig than hanging out with furry friends all day. Whether it's walking dogs, pet-sitting, or giving belly rubs, your kids will have a blast while earning money. Plus, they'll learn responsibility and compassion, which are skills that'll last a lifetime.

  1. Tech Whisperers

In a world where smartphones are practically glued to our hands, tech support is always in demand. Let your tech-savvy kids become the neighborhood heroes by helping with digital dilemmas. From setting up Wi-Fi networks to troubleshooting smartphones, they'll save the day (and earn some cash) one tech problem at a time.

  1. Mom's Little Helper

Babysitting might be off-limits for the younger crowd, but that doesn't mean they can't lend a hand to busy parents. Whether it's playing with the kids while mom cooks dinner or helping with chores around the house, your kiddos will earn money while being a superhero to harried moms everywhere.

  1. Recycling Rebels

Saving the planet and making money? Now, that's a combo worth celebrating! Help your kids collect pop cans from around the neighborhood and take them back to your local store for cash. Not only will they earn a few bucks, but they'll also learn the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

  1. Car Wash Kings and Queens

Who needs a car wash when you've got pint-sized entrepreneurs armed with sponges and soap? Let your kids turn dirty cars into sparkling clean rides while earning money along the way. With each scrub and rinse, they'll learn the value of hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done.

  1. Artistic Ventures

Unleash their inner Picasso and turn creativity into cash! Whether it's painting, crafting, or creating custom designs, there's a market out there just waiting for their masterpieces. Set up shop at local craft fairs or online platforms, and watch their artistic dreams become a reality.

  1. Gardening Gurus

Get ready to dig deep and rake in the dough! From planting flowers to weeding gardens, your green-thumbed kids can offer gardening services to neighbors in need. Not only will they earn money, but they'll also learn valuable lessons about hard work, patience, and the beauty of nature.

  1. Online Tutoring Titans

Sharpen those pencils and get ready to tutor your way to success! With knowledge as their superpower, your kids can offer online tutoring services to peers or younger students in need of a little extra help. Whether it's math, science, or a foreign language, they'll be earning money while making a difference in someone's life.

  1. Bake Sale Bonanza

Whip up some sweet treats and watch the dough roll in! From cookies to cupcakes, your little bakers can satisfy sweet cravings while earning money at the same time. Host a bake sale in the backyard or at a local event, and let the deliciousness begin!

  1. Neighborhood Odd Jobs

From cleaning windows to organizing garages, there's no shortage of odd jobs waiting to be tackled in the neighborhood. Encourage your kids to knock on doors and offer their services for tasks big and small. Not only will they earn some extra cash, but they'll also build valuable relationships with the folks in the community.

  1. DIY Craft Workshops

Get ready to get crafty and cash in on creativity! Host DIY craft workshops for neighborhood kids and unleash their artistic talents for profit. Whether it's making friendship bracelets or painting rocks, there's no limit to the fun and creativity that awaits. Who knows, your little entrepreneurs might just become the neighborhood's go-to crafting gurus!

Bonus Money Making Tip: Open a youth account with Forest Area Federal Credit Union and not only will we match your first $10 deposit upon opening but your account will earn dividends paid out each month!