I saw “give” “save” and “spend” banks for sale and LOVED the idea of a kids bank specifically for giving. I think this will get him more excited, involved and give him a better understanding about what it is to give. Essentially we are using it as a little bank where he can add some money to it each time he receives/earns some, then find ways to use it for good once he accumulates enough.
Anchor used his first accumulation of “give” money to purchase school supplies to donate to our town.
Here are a few example of what the money can be used for:
christmas gifts to donate
build easter baskets to donate
purchase school supplies to donate
buy food/ toiletries for food pantry
donate to a local pet shelter
add to tip jar at coffee shop
buy a gift for a friend or family member for no reason
send flowers to a lonely neighbor/friend/family member
donate toys to local children’s hospital
Read on below for how we made ours!
recycled jar or container (we re-used a salsa jar)
paint (we used acrylic paint)
I cleaned the jar really well and took the sticker residue off (baking soda mixed with olive oil rubbed on with a cloth works really well to take it off!). Then I took the top of the jar off and let Anchor pick the colors he wanted to use and paint it how he wished. We used the label maker to write “give” and stuck it on the body of the jar. We waiting for the top to dry, filled up the bank with some of his money and put the top back on!