Nur’s Nook: Saving for Service

Global challenges such as poverty, pollution, and natural disasters may seem overwhelming. But with the power of creativity, people are finding new ways to work together and solve problems.

With creativity, a doctor can discover the next medical breakthrough, a performer can uplift hearts, and a scientist can invent an earth-friendly fuel. Have you thought about the many careers that can help our global human family?

Even before starting a career, you can help others. You can volunteer your time and help raise funds for charities. Start by making this piggy bank and decorating it imaginatively. Use it to store money you collect with your acts of service. 

You’ll Need: Empty 2-liter plastic bottle with cap, two 5 ¼" x 15" (13.3 x 38.1 cm) strip decorative paper, paper scraps, glue, hole punch, sharp box cutter or craft knife (and adult to help), pipe cleaner, scissors, four empty thread spools or jumbo beads, permanent markers, optional: wiggle eyes


Step 1: Glue strip to bottle. Let dry.



Step 2: For legs, glue two spools about 1 ½" (3.8 cm) apart. Glue two other spools directly opposite. Let dry.



Step 3: Turn bottle over. Ask adult to use box cutter to make 1 ½" x ¼" (3.8 x .6 cm) slot in center of bottle (for coins) and ¼" (.6 cm) slice near bottom (for tail).



Step 4: Punch two holes in scrap paper and glue paper dots on cap for nose.




Step 5: Cut ears from paper. Fold at base of each ear to make tabs. Make small cuts in tabs so edges lie flat. Glue to bottle.




Step 6: For tail, insert one end of pipe cleaner into smaller slit. Wind around marker.




Step 7: Add face and decorate. Then feed your piggy bank with your savings!

To retrieve money from piggy bank, use scissors to make the change slot larger.

For a printable version, download a PDF of this craft

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