Tissue Box Piggy Banks

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We started giving our son an allowance recently.  By contributing to some of our household chores, he earns $1.00 a week and is completely thrilled. With his allowance and gifts from the tooth fairy, he has been in search of a designated place to keep his money. So, with this recipe’s theme of pork, we thought ‘how about a piggy bank?!’ Even better, a totally DIY project.

I love the idea of kids making something that they can actually use over and over again. This DIY piggy bank also makes a great gift for friends or family!

While crafting, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: PORK

🐖 pork 🐖 

Pork loins




Corresponding Recipe: Roasted Sausage & Veggies Over Pasta

Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting, folding, taping/gluing), following instructions, math (composing shapes)


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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.

  1. Pig’s Body: Trace each side of your tissue box and cut out 6 pieces of light pink construction paper. Glue or tape each piece of paper to each side of the tissue box. To create the piggy bank’s coin drop, create a small slit on the top of the piggy bank box over the hole from which the tissues previously extended. 
  2. Pig’s Snout: Cut out a medium-sized oval from the dark pink construction paper. Draw or glue/tape two small black circles on each side of the dark pink oval. Glue or tape the snout to the middle of the front side of the piggy bank.
  3. Pig’s Eyes: Draw or glue/tape two small black dots above the snout.
  4. Pig’s Ears: Cut out two dark pink triangles. Bend back the bottom edges slightly and use glue/paint to fasten the triangles to the top of the box (on the edge closest to pig face).
  5. Pig’s Tail: Cut out a thick strip of dark or pink paper and twist it slightly. (You can twist it around a pen/pencil to get a good spiral). Glue/tape to backside of the box. 


tissue box piggy bank with quarters

Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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