I'm teaching my 3 year old how to save his money.
He doens't have much but it must start at a young age. If I'm honest, saving is something I still have to work on everyday. That is why it was so important to me to make sure he learns the value of a dollar. The best part is that I get to implement this lesson in a fun and crafty way. Plus, it makes for some great quality time together. My son and I had so much fun making this and hopefully you will too!
Firts off, here is what you will need:
- A balloon
- Paper maché paste (we used homemade with flour and water)
- News paper (both to cover your working space and cut out pieces for the pig)
- Pieces of egg carton for ears and feet
- A large bottle cap for the snout
- Paint (colour of your choice)
- And a Sharpie to draw on the face
We began by dipping the cut out pieces of the news paper in our paper maché paste and applying it all over the balloon until it was completely covered. This was sooo messy and gross. It reminded me of why I hated paper maché projects growing up lol the things I'll do for this kid lol We then layed it out to dry on a non stickable surface for 24 hours.
Now you are ready to glue on the ears, snout and feet. Once you do and it's dry, you'll go on to re paper maché the entire pig or to save time (and to make it less gross) you can just add the paper maché to the ears and feet however I'll advise againts that because then the piggy bank will end up being paper thin. After this step allow your project to dry for another 24 hours.
Now for the fun part. This is fun because your project is really beginning to come to life and you get to paint it. I'm not gonna lie, I kind of took over the painting for my son lol actually I was straight up hogging the thing, get it? lol But seriously I had to remind myself that it was for him not for me and so we enjoyed painting it together. We went with yellow because it's my sons favorite colour or at least it was for that day and it feels happy. Saving money in the happy piggy! Now, let it dry again. This project can really put your patience to the test, you've been warned. We chose acrylic paint which dried pretty quickly :)
Finally when it's all done you can draw on the eyes and the smile with your Sharpie or you can get totally crafty with googly eyes and all (we kept it simple). Then of course create the slit to put the money in. Be very careful not to be too rough with the pig, it is still paper after all. The balloon will pop which I found amusing (I don't know why but I really enjoyed that part) and your child will be on their way to a brighter finacial future.
All jokes aside, this is not to replace any other methods of saving but this is again to get them thinking smartly about the little bits of money they have and honestly it's amazing how excited my son gets when he has spare change that he can place in his piggy bank. I'm really proud of this project and the time I got to spend with my son. I'll be sad when we have to cut the bottom of the pig out some day but at that point the lesson would have been learned. You can't buy that in the stores :)