V Is for Value

Learn how to explore the meaning of value with children.

Value is a complex concept, but you can help kids explore its meaning in simple, everyday ways. 

  • What’s important to you: Help kids learn that items have different values by talking about their own preferences. For example, a child may prize their stuffed animal above all their other toys. The way they feel about something can help them decide what it’s worth. 
  • Money and prices: Value is also about what people are willing to pay for something. Kids can begin to understand that the things people spend their money on have costs (a price tag) as well as value (their worth to someone). They already see this when shopping with you. 
  • Priceless moments: Remind kids that the most valuable things don’t cost anything at all, such as your family, friends, and their well-being. Encourage kids to make a “value journal” with pictures of people, traditions, or places that are important.