Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saving, Spending & Sharing
Something we've been struggling with for a while is keeping up with the kids and their chores and being consistent in guiding and rewarding them. I've seen several ideas over the years of containers that can hold money for sharing, spending and saving. And I really liked that idea. But of course I wanted to make something on our own to utilize this idea. I had come across a crochet pattern about crocheting a cover for tin cans (total retro craft from the 70s). I thought that would be a great idea for containers for the kids, but my crochet time is taken up with other projects at the moment. So I remembered another yarn/tin can craft from way back when. And being a true child of the 70s I decided we would re-create some psychadelic yarn craft love!
So here goes:
Glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
Leftover yarn bits (I used my cheap acrylic leftovers)
Tin cans (I recycled 6 cans of the same size - standard soup size)
Container to hold the cans (Ross made the kids a box that fit all three cans snuggly from some of his wood flooring scraps, but a shoebox would work too and could be painted or decoupaged over)
Small safety pins
We picked out our yarn. As you can see, all of us changed our yarn at least once during the wrapping process. But you could do a solid color for each can. Apply glue all over the first few inches of the can (getting between the ribs as best as you can).
Then start the yarn at one of the ends and wrap it around, pushing it tight against the last wrap as you go. This is very sticky job and the glue gets all over the place, but it will dry clear.
You can change yarn colors as you wish. Just make sure the ends of the yarn get stuck down well.
Keep applying more glue to the next few inches as you go up the can. I would not apply glue to the whole can at once because then you'll get REALLY sticky and some of it will dry before you get all the yarn on.
Finish as many cans as you need. Then let them dry completely.
NEXT, NEXT STEP
Of course you can do whatever you want with the cans now that they are decorated. These make great gifts for desks or vases. My can is holding a bunch of colored pencils on my desk. But the kids decided to write on key tags the words "spend", "save", and "share".
And then they attached them to the yarn on the can by small safety pins.
Ross made a wooden box that fit their three cans just "so". This way they could keep them in one place on their dressers. The kids tell me they want to paint their boxes as well. A shoebox would work great too! You could paint the shoe box or cover it in patterned paper or decoupage it.
How we use the cans: The kids have a chore chart for the week. And on Sunday evenings (although sometimes it's Monday) we review the past week. The kids get their full allowance if they've done good on their chore chart (which also includes some behavior ideals). If they've had some "oops-es" then they get a portion of their allowance. But either way, they decide how to allot the money. Money that is "saved" stays in the can for the month and then we deposit it in the bank. Money that is "spent" can be used during the month on small items (usually craft supplies or movies to rent, etc.) Money to "share" is saved during the month and at the end of the month the kids can decide where they want to donate that money (church offering, a special fundraiser at school, buying food for the FISH pantry, or buying a gift for Toys for Tots, etc.). It has been very nice to see where the kids put their money. So far, they've allotted it pretty equally. Having the cans has made it easier to keep track of their money and it has become more of a special "act" for them to divide it.
Now if we can just keep on task with it. That's the hardest part for us usually - keeping up with our ideas!!