Bank of Dad

Lesson #10008

Create a decorative savings bank for Father's Day or any occasion.

Grade Level:

Create decorative Father's Day savings banks for coin or cash collection. Dad can use these decorated, recycled containers to organize his spare change. The teacher can use this project as a teachable moment for responsible spending and the importance of saving. This project can be created for any holiday or celebration, using any decorative die.

Encourage responsible spending habits by creating personalized savings banks for student use or as gifts.

12850-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Clouds - Large 14468-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Raindrops - Large 20173-SM-Ellison SureCut Die - Circle 3" - Small 21262-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Rainbow (Basic Beginnings) - Large A10129-Sizzix Bigz Die - Clouds A10172-Sizzix Bigz Die - Raindrops A10210-Sizzix Bigz Die - Circle 3" A10394-Sizzix Bigz Die - Rainbow

Note: This lesson can be created using either Ellison AllStar or SureCut Dies.

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Glue, Plastic Container, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Recycle a plastic container to create the savings bank.
  2. Die-cut a 3" Circle to cover the lid. Consider a different size, depending on the diameter of the lid.
  3. Create a hole in the container large enough for a 50-cent coin (Figure A).
  4. Die-cut the Rainbow from multiple colors of cardstock or construction paper.
  5. Keep one color of each whole and layer highlights from other colors. Adhere to embellish (Figure B).
  6. Die-cut the Cloud and Raindrops from colored cardstock or construction paper.
  7. Write or computer generate the words "Bank of Dad" on the cloud.
  8. Write or computer generate the words "Saving for a Rainy Day" on a strip of white paper. Mat on a slightly larger strip of construction paper to fit the lower circumference of the container.
  9. Wrap the label around the bottom of the container and adhere in place.
  10. Adhere the Rainbow, Cloud and Raindrops to the container (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • K-4 - Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • 5-8 - Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • 5-8 - Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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