Save Money and the Environment by Making a Piggy Bottle Bank!

Teaching kids the value of money, as well as the value of recycling, are two important themes we stress here at JumpStart. Here is a cute craft to teach your students both! By creating crafts out of junk we’d normally throw away, we can teach children about reusing materials. Plus, this bank will help students save up spare change for an important purchase rather than throwing it away on gumballs and those sticky hands that get stuck in the carpet.

What you will need:

  • A recycled bottle – any size will do. It really depends on how much change you want to be able to fit in there!
  • Pink and white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Googly eyes
  • 4 thread spools or 4 extra bottle caps, all of the same size
  • Hot glue gun

Here is what to do :

  1. Glue pink construction paper around the bottle.
  2. Cut out two ears from the pink construction paper. The size of the bottle should determine how big the ears are.
  3. Cut two inner ears from the white paper and glue one onto each pink ear.
  4. Cut a 1 ½ inch slit on the back of the pig.
  5. Opposite the slit, glue on the 4 thread spools or bottle caps as feet.
  6. Draw two dots on the bottle cap to represent the nose.
  7. Stick the googly eyes on the bottle near the nose.
  8. Glue the ears onto the pig so that they stand up.

There you have it – a piggy bank that costs you nearly nothing!

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