Teaching kids to bank with a sled dog twist

Teaching kids to bank with a sled dog twist

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum has gone to the dogs.

The “Dogs Thursday” series was a small piece of paradise for kids, even with a business twist thrown in.

Wells Fargo Bank added in a financial angle to teach kids about responsible spending. They gave kids the fun scenario of entering the U.P. 200 to keep it interesting and easy to understand.

“It’s really important for kids to learn at an early age how to be smart with money and that is one of our main goals to be sure that kids are going to grow up with a lot of good financial knowledge and financial sense,” Wells Fargo Bank assistant manager Tina Nelson said.

The kids were excited to get $200, but soon learned how quickly money dwindles when you have expenses, and spending money isn’t always fun.

“People who sled dog race pay a lot of fees and expenses,” fifth grader Elise Heide said. “You have to pay for vet check-ups, you had to buy mittens and if your dog is doing well you have to buy treats. You had to get your dinner.”

“You have to spend money, or you don’t have to, but you have to sometimes,” sixth grader Christine Worth said.

“(You have to try) not to spend all of your money on stuff, (and) to try and not use your big money and try to use your little money,” fifth grader Jessie Worth said.

“Don’t spend it in one place, then you won’t have enough to spend anywhere else,” Heide said.

Dog Days at the Museum wouldn’t be complete without a visit from dogs and a chance to feed them treats. And of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without lots ice cream.