By KATE HUNTER.
You know that fun conversation you have when there’s a big lotto draw?
‘Wow – what would I buy if I won ten million dollars?’
Would I pay off family and friends’ mortgages?
Give a chunk to charity?
Buy property? A swish car? Live in New York for a year?
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It’s a good one to throw into a dinner party if it feels like conversation is flagging, but have you tried it with kids? I recommend it as being both fun and fascinating.
And it needn’t be a ten million bucks. Try a hundred to start with. Kids under four will think that’s enough to buy a space shuttle so this is most relevant to those at least over six years of age.
I asked my seven year old what she’d do if I gave her a hundred dollars.
Of course her first question was one of denomination, ‘Would it be one piece of paper money or lots of paper money or all coins or some paper money and coins?’
The conversation about how that didn’t really matter took twenty minutes, but eventually she told me what she’d buy:
• A cover for her iPod Touch ($15)
• A family pack of ‘spotted cow’ ice cream from the overpriced ice cream bar up the road ($20)
• A new bike helmet (fluro orange $35)
• A white rat from the pet shop (no way, but for argument’s sake, $20)
• A wooly hat that looks like an Angry Bird ($20)
My maths is pretty bad, but even I could work out that she’d be $10 over budget. I explained this to her and suggested that the rat might be the first thing to go.
I also pointed out that there was nothing in there for charity – maybe a few dollars for the collection they’re running at school for the health clinic in Zambia.
And how about money for a snow-cone after hockey on Saturday? Or a present for ME?