Who would have thought that shooting coins in a coin bank is a really good activity for toddlers?
We’ve always had coin banks in the house ever since my sister and I were little.
This money saving practice is my dad’s influence.
He has always believed in the power of saving money (and investing). And for him, every peso counts, that is why he also has a coin bank. He has one at home, and back when he was still working, he also had a coin bank in the office.
I have fond childhood memories of my dad’s coin savings. Back then, during Christmas season, he would bring home the coins that he saved and he would put it in a jar. And every time there were carolers, we would get the coins and give it to them.
Fast forward to present time. We still have a coin bank in the house. But this time it’s not only for saving coins.
It has an additional purpose!
It is now also used as a fine motor activity for my nephew.
And he loves it!
My sister would put coins in a paper cup and she would ask Seb to shoot the coins in the coin bank slot.
It was fairly challenging for him. As he does this, you can see the aura of concentration on his forehead.
And if you pay attention to his fingers, you can clearly see his pincer grip at work.
This activity is so simple, it’s genius!
Plus, this activity is a good jumpstart for a financial literacy lesson in the future!
Put the coins in a shallow container before your child shoots them in the coin bank rather than giving it to him/her per piece.
This way your child can maximize the use of his/her pincer grip.
I highly recommend this very practical fine motor activity. I hope you try it with your child, too.
Do let me know your thoughts. <3
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