Make a Piggy Bank Print
Written by Jennifer K Mahal   

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” said Benjamin Franklin, one of the founders of our country. Pennies may not be worth what they were in Franklin’s day, but they can still add up. One of the easiest ways for children to learn about saving money is by putting it in a piggy bank.

The idea of a piggy bank dates back thousands of years. Before banks, people stored their money in kitchen jars at home. In the Middle Ages, dishes were made of an orange-colored clay named “pygg.” People would save their extra coins by dropping them in a clay jar — a pygg pot. Over time, pygg pot turned into pig pot and potters began to make pig-shaped banks. In Indonesia, archaeologists have found terra-cotta banks shaped like wild boars dating back to the 15th century!

Learning about finances is important for kids. Some great resources for parents include, and

One common idea about money management that has become popular lately is the idea of having three jars to collect money in. One is for spending, one is for saving and one is for sharing by giving money away to charity. Making your own piggy banks is an easy way to put this financial idea into practice.

To make a piggy bank, you will need:

* A Medium-Sized Plastic Bottle with a Cap

* Toilet Paper Roll

* Construction Paper in 2 colors or Paper and Foil

* Pencil

* Scissors

* Glue

* Tape

* Black Permanent Marker

* Optional: Pipe Cleaner

Have an adult cut a small rectangle out of the side of a medium-sized plastic bottle. This will be how you put your coins into the bank. Cut a toilet paper roll into four equal parts. Cover each piece with a strip of construction paper or foil and glue it on. Make sure the paper overlaps the roll by half an inch or more. Cut about five slits in the overlapping paper or foil, spacing them evenly. Bend the pieces back. It should resemble a flower. This is how the feet of the piggy bank will attach to the body.

Use a pencil to draw an ear-like shape on a piece of construction paper. Make the bottom part longer, so the ear will fit on the bank. Carefully use scissors to cut out the ear. Use one ear as a template to cut out a second ear. Cut out a contrasting piece of construction paper in a narrow leaf-like shape and glue it in the center of each ear.

Fold back the bottom part of each ear and attach them to the body of the bottle using either glue or tape. Making this, we found tape worked best.

Cut a rectangle of construction paper so that it will fit around the body of the bottle. Paste or tape it around the body, so that it covers the tabs of the ears. Carefully cut a slit in the paper where the rectangular opening is.

Paste or tape the feet to the bottom of the piggy bank. Use a pencil to curl a pipe cleaner into a curly pig-tail. Attach it with glue or tape.

Draw eyes on the bottle and a snout (two circles) on the bottle cap. Unscrewing the cap is how the money will be removed. Add coins and start saving!

Discover more science and art at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery in the Capitola Mall. Learn more at Jennifer K Mahal, who writes children’s books under the name Jenni Kaye, is a volunteer with the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:14