Viva Kids World There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Level of knowledge: master

A Valuable Discovery

The Viva Kids still need 80 francs for their tree house. They need money to buy building materials. It's great that the Viva Kids can help Mr. Cash clear out his old garage and sell a few things at the flea market. They can earn a bit of extra cash that way. But then, things don't go according to plan.

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Plus Instead of Minus

If you take away what you spend from what you earn, you'll know how much money you have left. If you earn more than you spend, then you've saved money. With your spending plan, you always know just how much money you have!

Jan with a plus sign on his left hand and a minus sign on his right hand.

Level of knowledge: professional


In the Digipigi app, you and your parents can agree on a reward for special chores. But there doesn't always have to be a reward for doing chores. It's important for everyone to do their bit at home and to help others just because. You can make a lot of people happy that way.

Digipigi Kids app with chores icon

Make Your Own Vendor's Tray...

...and earn your own money! You'll need a flat box, paint, wrapping paper or cloth, a ribbon or strap, and nails to get started!

Do you need some ideas about what to sell? Click here to find cool possibilities.

Image with a constructed vendor's tray.

Valuable and Priceless!

There are also things that are valuable because they are important and have a special place in our hearts. For example, a gift from your best friend or an heirloom from your grandma.

Sophie with a gift close to her heart

Level of knowledge: expert

Did You Know...

There are products that are not made with expensive materials but still have a high value – such as very old cars called classic cars, or a picture by a famous artist. There are people who would really like to have these kinds of products and are prepared to pay lots of money for them. The high price for things like this is called a collector's price.

The Viva Kids gang sitting in a classic car

Why Does a Mobile Phone Only Cost One Franc?

The phone may only cost one franc in the beginning, but people have to buy a rather expensive subscription in order to use it. You commit to paying a monthly fee for a certain period of time. That means you pay for the phone a little bit at a time. All in all, this usually costs more than you would normally pay for the mobile phone.

Ben with a mobile phone that has CHF 1 written on it.

Price Experts Know the Answers

1. There's income and spending. And you can distinguish between regular and irregular income and spending.
2. You can only save if you spend less money than you earn.
3. There are various ways to increase the amount of money you have coming in.
4. Even when you want to buy something, you can check your spending and compare prices.
5. You always have an overview of your money with the spending plan.

Jan with a light bulb

Also Exciting

Laura is the leader of the Viva Kids. At her grandma's house, she finds a small and mysterious red book with numbers inside. But what is it? The Viva Kids gang search for the secret.

Viva Kids gang in front of the schoolhouse


Laura is a curious nine-year-old girl and the leader of the Viva Kids. It's important to her that the Viva Kids always stick together. That's why she's made medals for everyone in the Viva Kids gang – so everyone knows they're part of the gang.

Also, Laura is always coming up with great ideas. She wants to know everything. For example, she recently found a mysterious little red book. She wanted to know exactly what it was all about. And of course, the Viva Kids found out the secret.

Even when something goes wrong, Laura doesn't get discouraged, because she loves an adventure.

Laura with a medal on her chest.

Make your own Viva Kids medal

  • First, print out the template. Ask your parents if you need help.
  • Then you can color the templates, cut them out, and glue them in the bottle caps. Make a hole and you're done!
Image of medals made

Crafting Tip

You can also decorate the bottle caps as you wish and give away the pendants for Christmas – for example, as a necklace, keychain, or ornament for the Christmas tree.

Gift with star charm

Do You Know the Viva Kids Gang?

Laura, Jan, Sophie, and Ben are the Viva Kids. They are inseparable and, together with Digipigi, they go on adventures related to the topic of money.

Illustration of the Viva Kids gang

Your spending plan

It is important to know how much money you get and spend every month, so that you can keep track of your money. Your spending plan will tell you:

1. how much money you have every month,
2. what you're spending money on, and
3. whether you have money left over that you can save.

Print the plan out and enter the money you get and the money you spend. It's a great idea to fill out the plan together with your parents.

Preview image of the spending plan

Do You Want to Know How a Price Is Determined?

Then it's time for the pizza experiment. You can figure out, with your parents' help, how the price of a product is made up, and which costs it is based on. Ask mom and dad to print out a shopping list and get going!

Ben spinning a pizza on his hand.

Ideas for Things to Sell with Your Vendor's Tray

Teabags, homemade balls, catch cups – here you'll find ideas and instructions on how to make great things to sell in your vendor's tray. And of course, we'll show you how to stamp your own labels.

Image with craft ideas