Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Peggy Boing!"

Wonder what that means? That's how my daughter repeats "piggy bank." Or something like that. It varies ... now and then it sounds like piggy ... and other times it sounds like bank ... but for the most part I hear Peggy Boing (maybe w. a K thrown in at the end!)

We made one last week. Then we made another one the next day. She enjoyed it so much we had to do it again.

I got the idea from one of the cool and crafty books I got recently. It's so simple, all you have to do is take a coffee can (the first one we used was entirely plastic, the next one was a chai tea can, so the bottom is metal) and clean it out really well. Then let your child put loads of stickers on it, or if you can't get the label off, wrap a piece of printer paper or construction paper around it and tape it down.

So it goes like this:
1. Clean out coffee can
2. cover w. paper to hide label
3. stickers all around can
4. use clear packing tape to cover entire can
5. cut slit in cover
6. Tah dah! Piggy Bank!

The real instructions say to tape the cover down, but I know my child and she would have been working to tear that thing apart to get that money out, if only to put it back in again. We've already done that a zillion times since last week, so I made the right call and didn't tape it shut permanently. You make the choice that's right for you and your little one.

Either way it's fun, and they have something that they can use when it's time to teach them about money. We've got quarters down already, but nickels are a bit tougher. Pennies are easy to spot, and dimes are kind of so-so.

She'll get them eventually, I'm sure. Or by the time she needs to there will be new and funkier versions out there in the world. Or something like that!

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