Awhile back, I saw this cute idea for teaching a child to manage their money. You just decorate jars to hold money for giving, money for saving, and money to spend. I finally got around to making them with Ivy. As far as understanding them, I think she was a little bored with the concept. But she's never one to turn away a crafting opportunity. Here's what we did. I apologize that most of the pictures are just showing off my adorable kid:
I had some jars that used to hold beads and we simply painted the lids. I let her choose the colors and I think she did a great job.
Once they were totally dried, we added some letter stickers from my sinful stash of scrapbooking supplies. I don't even scrapbook. After we stuck them on, I had her cover them with Mod Podge to seal them up so they'll last a long time. Dear Mod Podge, I love you.
We got some glue on our fingers and showed it to the camera. I swear she's not just throwing gang signs.
After the glue dried, we filled each jar with quarters from her piggy bank. She officially has more money than I do. It's all good, though, because this project was free. :-p
If all she takes away from this lesson was that the "Give" jar is the most important, I'll be happy. Now I will be curious to see what causes she chooses to adopt as she gets older.