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 (the flesh of a pig or hog) is consumed more than any other animal protein in the world.
- Pork is high in protein. Protein helps build, maintain and replace the tissues in our bodies.
- Many cuts of pork are leaner than they used to be. In fact, a pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
- Bacon is one of the oldest meats, dating back to 1500 B.C.
Corresponding Recipe: Roasted Sausage & Veggies Over Pasta
Skills supported: Fine motor (cutting, folding, taping/gluing), following instructions, math (composing shapes)
- 1 empty tissue box
- Scissors (kid-friendly scissors)
- Light pink, dark pink and black construction paper
- Tape or glue (Elmer’s Glue worked great)
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pig’s Eyes: Draw or glue/tape two small black dots above the snout.
- 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).
- 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.
YOUR COMPLETED DIY PIGGY BANK!
Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.