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Budgeting for pet care

  • Age group:
    Students ages 10 and 11
  • When:
    October and November
  • Time required:
    4 hours

Financial and cooperative skills

  • Understanding how to plan expenses
  • Making a budget and evaluating your financial capacity
  • Understanding the importance of saving
  • Differentiating between cooperative values


Students use the principles of budgeting to solve a problem.

All the documents you need to carry out this activity are in the right-hand column under Useful links.

Task 1: Caring for a parrot

Task objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to budget for the costs of caring for a parrot.


  1. Hand out the Caring for a Parrot booklet.
  2. Read the scenario.
  3. Have students do the task individually.
  4. Ask them what they've learned, the challenges and how they overcame them.

Teacher's notes

Provide grocery store circulars for this task.

Useful links