Newest Please Touch Museum exhibit helps kids make sense of money

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Please Touch Museum's first new permanent exhibit in a decade is called "Cents and Sensibility."

"Money is a topic that kind of makes people squeamish sometimes," museum CEO Patricia Wellenbach said.

Wellenbach says she hopes the exhibit sparks conversations about money; but she says even if you don't outright talk to your kids about money, they're still going to learn about it.

"Kids start learning about trading and money when they're at the lunch table! 'I have some Doritos and you have a brownie. Can we trade?'" she said. "Or, 'I had too much for lunch today. How about I give you something, because you didn't have an extra sandwich or an extra bag of carrots?' So that's about philanthropy!"

Eight-year-old Trey Conover was playing at the exhibit in the "Wants and Needs" section on Friday.

"So, there's food, things you wear, things that help you live, and things that you play," he said. "So, for example, you need a house, you need medicine in case you get sick, you need food, but you wouldn't need trash (junk) food."