Payday Pioneers (competitive version)

Make your way to payday while trying to collect as much money as possible during this fun board game on the fundamentals of financial literacy.

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Gather 4 players or group of players at the start of the board game at the bottom of the poster. All of the players get a starting capital of 5 coins. The players will keep their own money in an individual account (next to the game board) since they will compete against each other. The piggy bank on the right side is a savings account.


The players roll the die to determine who starts the game. The highest die count starts. This player rolls the die and moves the number of indicated spaces forward. If the player lands on a square, he/she completes the task mentioned on the square (see extra game information for detailed info).


During the game, the different players will earn and spend money. The general idea of the game is to earn as much money as possible on an individual level at the end of the month. The individual players can save (savings account) at any time and invest money on the buy/sell squares to try to maximize their profit.


The game ends when all players have reached the middle square and the money is counted. Players can also decide to play multiple months to have gain more money or to adapt their strategies during the game! The player with the most money at the end of the game is the winner.


Make sure to wrap-up the game with a discussion about the good/bad money decisions that were taken by the players during the game.

Extra game information

The Payday Pioneers game board is one of the two posters of the Fundamentals of Financial Literacy toolkit, created by the Khazana Foundation and StreetSmart in 2023. The two organisations joined forces to create a new toolkit together to allow more vulnerable children to learn about the basics of financial literacy via playful, accessible educational materials.

The Payday Pioneers board game is closely linked to the Money Matters poster, and allows players to experience the fundamental pillars of financial literacy - shown on the Money Matters poster - in practice during an enjoyable board game. The game elaborates further on the five pillars.

  • Earn = green squares
  • Spend = yellow squares
  • Save = red squares
  • Invest = blue squares
  • Protect = grey squares


The board game follows the structure of one month, on the left hand side of the panel. On the right hand side of the panel, players can find the legend of the board game, a space to keep money in the savings account, and icons to keep track of the purchases players made during the board game (cow, watch, books).


  • Players can put money in their personal savings account (pink square at the right side) until the 23th of the month. At the end of the month, players will receive interest on their savings: for every 5 coins they saved, they will receive 1 coin extra.
  • If a player is bankrupt, you can borrow money from the bank. However, at the end of the month, players will need to pay off their loan, by paying one coin extra for every 5 coins they borrow from the bank.
  • Players can protect themselves from bad luck by purchasing insurance at all times (at the right side of the board). Collective insurance costs 10 coins, individual insurance costs 3 coins. The players can put a bottle cap on the insurance icon on the right hand side. If a player lands on a protect square and he/she is protected, you don't need to pay the half of your belongings (savings + what you have in your hands) to the bank. Please note insurance need to be renewed every month!


  • Buy and sell (3, 9, 12, 18, 24, 29): If a player lands on a BUY square, the player can decide to buy one of the products (cow, books, watch). If so, he/she puts a bottle cap on the icon on the right hand side of the panel. If this specific player lands on a SELL square, the player can sell this specific product for the amount mentioned on the square.
  • Obligated saving (square 6): every player puts 1 coin in their savings account.
  • Protection squares (squares 7, 17, 27): if you have insurance, you are protected and nothing happens on these squares! If you haven't bought insurance, you loose half of your money as a team.
  • Reflection squares (11, 19): here the player is asked what he/she thinks about the current status of the game. Are you happy with the money you have, or with the strategy you're following? On what would you spend the money?
  • Savings deadline (23): if you have passed this square, you cannot put money into your savings account anymore until the next month.
  • Everyone goes 1 square back (25): all players go back one square and complete the task on these squares.
  • Lottery (31): on this square you can play the lottery. Choose any amount you want to place as a bet. If you throw 1, 2 or 3, you loose your bet. If you throw 4 or 5, you keep your bet. If you throw a six, you win the lottery and you receive your bet times 3!!!
  • Payday (middle board): yes, it's payday! Receive your salary of 5 coins. If everyone has arrived at this square, the month is over and you can start calculating the individual result (loans, savings, investments ...) Then, players decide if they will play another month.


Specific learning objectives

  • Children experiment with the basic concepts of money and finance

What people said about this game

Daisy Van Minsel

5 October, 2023


Really cool addition to the Money Matters discussion panel. Fun way to make kids and youngsters reflect on money making, spending

Marjolein Bommerez

15 October, 2023


Interactive and fun way to make children and teenagers think about the various aspects of managing money wisely on an individual level but also as a group or a family. The game can also trigger further discussions on decisions made in this game (e.g. do you buy a cow, a watch or books and why?), just like the Money Matters poster.

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