Digital activity

Needs and wants

Screen shot from Needs and wants activity

Year level: Foundation to Year 2
Learning area: Mathematics, English

This Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) MoneySmart Teaching digital activity assists in understanding the difference between needs and wants. The activity has been designed for young learners with easy visual and audio cues to support learning.

For more information on how to use the activity with children in the classroom or at home read the Teacher notes or Parent notes under 'Using this activity'.


Using this activity

This digital activity has been developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's MoneySmart Teaching program.

All activities have been vetted by a quality assurance process, and relate to the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework and the Australian Curriculum.

To understand more about how to use this resource, the following guides and supports are available.

For more resources vist the MoneySmart Teaching web site.

Technical requirements


  • Windows XP SP3, OSX 10.6 or Edubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 5.0.1, Safari 5.1.7, or Chrome (latest version)


  • Windows 7 or higher, OSX 10.7 or higher, or Edubuntu 12.04 LTS or higher
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Firefox 15.0.1 or higher, Safari 6.0.2 or higher, or Chrome (latest version)

This activity has been designed to work on a variety of devices including iPad tablets.

This activity may include documents in PDF and DOC formats.


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