DIY Piggy Bank & Money Counting Activity for Preschoolers

Make a piggy bank from a recycled wipes container! Add in some milk cap coins for a fun preschool counting activity, or use it as a real DIY piggy bank for kids. Such an easy way to help kids learn about money!

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My boys were playing with this piggy bank toy at a friend's house last week and they really seemed to enjoy it. I loved the idea of starting to talk about counting and money, but instead of buying another toy I thought we'd make our own!

If you're a fan of Sunny Day Family you know I love to repurpose things that we have around the house to use in our play activities. This DIY Piggy Bank activity is one of those projects. It came together really quickly and I already had everything on hand.  Here's what we used:

  • Baby wipes container. I happened to have this cute "designer tub" because I had a coupon for it, but any container will do. 
  • Pink and black card stock or construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I use Mod Podge)
  • Milk Bottle Caps
  • Permanent marker

To make your piggy bank, cut out a small circle and two ear shapes from your pink card stock. Cut out two small ovals from your black paper.

Glue the black ovals to the pink circle to make the pig's nose. Glue the nose and the googly eyes to the front of your wipes box.

Glue the ear shapes to the sides of the box. If you use the same type of box that I did, be careful not to glue it so that you can not open the end of the box.

Finished! Now, to make your coins, use permanent marker to write the number values of each coin on top of your milk bottle caps.

That's it! You're ready to play.

My boys loved putting the coins in the piggy bank and counting them as they went along. It was so fun they didn't know they were learning!

As they get older this can make a great addition activity too, as they add up the value of the coins in their bank. And it can become a great piggy bank for real coins too!

We loved this activity because it was inexpensive, easy, and so much fun. Plus it provided a wonderful learning opportunity as we are working on counting skills. It's a keeper!

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