Who taught you how to save money?
Whether it was Mom, Grandpa or Mint.com, it’s helpful to learn money management at a young age. What better way than with an awesome airplane piggy bank? This easy piggy bank can be made in under an hour with everyday items like a plastic soda bottle.
Cut a rectangular slot about 1 inch long and a ½-inch wide in the side of the bottle. This is where you’ll drop coins into the piggy bank, so make sure it’s large enough to fit at least two quarters side-by-side.
Draw two identical pieces for the back half of the plane that look like upside-down Ls. (These pieces are going to make up the back half of the fuselage and the plane’s rudder.) Tip: Draw one side, and then use it as a stencil to draw the second side. That way, both pieces will be identical.
Once the two pieces are cut, attach them to the plastic bottle with two-sided tape. Pay attention to where the coin slot is – you’ll need to cut into the paper over the coin slot opening.
Draw two identical rectangles about 4 inches long and 1 inch thick on card stock paper. These are going to be your engines. Cut the rectangles out and then roll them into long tubes.
Tape the tubes, and then attach them to the plastic bottle, one on either side. Note: You want your tubes to touch the “ground” because the engines also serve as “feet” to stabilize the plane piggy bank.
Draw two identical triangles with rounded tips on your card stock paper, which will become your wings. Cut them out and attach the wings above the engines. Tip: It helps to fold a tab on the long edges of the cones for easy attachment.
Using the bottle cap as a guide, draw your plane propeller. The bottle cap is going to secure the propeller onto the bottle, so you want the circle opening to be slightly smaller than the cap so it doesn’t slip over it.
You now have a basic plane, but you can add some personality with extra card stock paper! Draw, cut out and affix windows and back wings. Let your child flex their creative muscles and draw faces in the windows.