So which one did I settle for? NONE!
That's right. Out of the millions of money boxes out there, I couldn't find one that I would give to my own children to cherish. This is how important I see a child's money box - if I am going to buy one for my children, I would want one that fits what I'm trying to teach - quality, practical, affordable. Otherwise I'm better off saving that money and just use empty jars and boxes.
The cheapest type of money box is simply any box or jar that you child can put his/her money in and take it out. Empty jars or tins with a slit at the top works.
Some people might like a more polished look for a money box - I know I do! So I looked all over the internet to find one that I would like my own children to use. In fact, I've even bought a few and tested them out on my own children.
Perhaps I was picky and a bit fussy with what I was looking for - but I'll let you be the judge of that. Here was my criteria for choosing the most appropriate money box:
- it has to be durable - it has to withstand being dropped, played with, perhaps even thrown around for very young children.
- it has to be practical - children must be able to put money into it and they must also be able to take it out themselves. My children love to count their money constantly - I'm a busy parent and I don't want to be the only one who can open up their money box several times a week!
- it has to be simple - the simplest things in life are the best. The more bells and whistles it has, the more likely things can go wrong and the children will think they have a damaged money box.
After spending hours searching on the internet, none of the money boxes met those three simple criteria. The ones I saw on the internet were too fragile (plastic or ceramic), not practical for a child (too difficult to use), doesn't fit in with our concepts (too many bells and whistles) or all of the above.
So, I made my own money box for my children, using durable containers.