When it comes to money, I work much better if I have a solid goal in mind! While I was studying there was some prize money up for grabs for various achievements. Since studying for exams isn’t much fun, I used the idea of being able to use prize money to buy myself an iPad as my motivation. Michael drew a little sketch of an iPad mini and we stuck it right above my desk. Being able to have a visible reminder of a goal so close by really helped!
A piggy bank is much like this. It’s a great way to start raising money-wise children, by teaching them the idea of saving up their own cash for future use. It is a physical item that they can touch and watch fill up.
A few tips for a fun piggy bank DIY:
- No matter what design you choose to do, keep part of the piggy bank clear. This allows your child to see in and watch the progress.
- Regularly encourage your child to add money to the piggy bank, making it fun, rather than a chore.
- If the savings are towards a specific item or activity, decorate the piggy bank to match. For example, if your child wants to save for some new lego, you could stick a painted piece of lego to the top of the lid; using letter stickers, spell out the word lego before painting; or, using circle stickers, stick them down the side of the piggy bank to resemble the shape of a lego piece. Once removed, these stickers then become the clear windows to be able to watch the saving process unfold.
Piggy Bank DIY
What you need:
Clear glass mason jar (A classic preserve jar works well, as the lid can be separated into two pieces)
Tape or stickers
Decorative bits and pieces (Optional)
What to do:
Start with a clear jar and add any tape or stickers to the areas that you want to stay clear once painted.
Paint over the rest of the jar. If using spray paint, be sure to use a mask or tie some fabric over your nose and mouth. #safetyfirst. For a bit of an ombre effect, I first painted most of the jar white. Once dry, turn the jar the other way up and spray a light layer of gold along the top. Spray the twisting part of the lid to match.
Remove any tape and stickers that you used.
Trace the inner (removable) part of the lid onto some strong card. Draw the slot for the money to be inserted. Cut out the new piggy bank lid insert and paint it to match the jar.
Now get saving!
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