Every kid becomes interested in money at some point. I’m not sure when Toby started carrying coins around in his pockets, but the kid has a great eye for spotting spare change. Over the years, we’ve acquired several money banks, including a few family “heirloom” ones. But realistically, they weren’t all that practical for holding money. Who really wants to fish money out from a tiny hole in the bottom of a ceramic pig, anyways?
So, with practicality in mind, I came up with an idea for a toddler-oriented afternoon of fun. Toby would get to design his own money bank!
Money Bank Materials
As you’ll see, we didn’t need to buy anything for this project. Everything was scrounged from around the house. But, just in case, I’ve linked to Amazon (#afflinks) for your convenience:
- empty Isagenix shake container
- Elmer’s glue
- assorted acrylic paint, leftover from another project
- saran wrap for protecting the counter
- miscellaneous paper
- assorted paintbrushes, from a paintbrush value pack
- Husky Folding Razor Knife (best work blade ever!) – adult use, obviously
- art smock
Making the Money Bank
As is the norm for us, the project was pretty open-ended. I covered the counter with saran wrap, set out supplies, and let Toby have at it. He wanted to wear his smock for part of the project; I didn’t complain. While he painted the sides of the container, I made sure the lid area was covered with saran wrap (so it could still be opened for removing money later). I cut some shapes out of paper for Toby to stick on, decoupage style.
Once Toby declared the sides complete, we moved on to the top. He wanted to glue shapes on the top… no problem. Then I cut out two slots – one sized for a quarter, the other sized for a penny. This is where I used the knife — making sure toddler hands were safely out of reach.
Wait, two slots?
Sure, you can use one slot for everything, but what fun is that? Toby was thrilled to have coin-specific slots. (Hint, don’t try to make one for a dime, it’s practically the same size as the penny and isn’t worth your effort).
Once the money bank was dry, I screwed the lid on, and gave it up for toddler testing. After a few minutes of coins being dumped out by an excited child, I handed the bank to my husband to have him super-tightly screw on the lid. We can still get it off, but my toddler doesn’t have the arm power to open the lid and dump money everywhere now.
Not so fun for him, but more practical for everyone. Particularly baby brother and the cats.
See some photos of our project below. Click on an image to enter gallery view mode.