Support for PBS Parents provided by:

  • Arthur
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Let's Go Luna
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Pinkalicous and Peterriffic
  • Ready Jet Go
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Super Why!
  • Wild Kratts
  • Sesame Street
  • Ruff Ruffman Show
  • Mister Rogers
  • Cyberchase
  • SciGirls
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Martha Speaks
  • The Electric Company
  • WordGirl
  • Caillou
  • Oh Noah
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Clifford
  • WordWorld
  • DragonFly TV
  • ZOOM
Sesame Street

Piggy Bank Saving

Help your child understand the concept of saving by creating a piggy bank and counting money.


  • Empty container with lid
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
  • Stickers
  • Construction paper
  • Tape


  1. Talk to your child about what it means to save money and why saving is important. Together, think of something special that your child would like to save money for such as a book or a small toy.
  2. Use a clean, empty container as a piggy bank. Cut a small slit in the lid, large enough to fit a quarter through (an adult should do this).
  3. Provide your child with crayons or markers, stickers, and construction paper to decorate her piggy bank.
  4. Next time she earns or is given money, remind her that she can save it in her jar, just like Elmo did, to buy something special later on!

Talk About It

Help your child understand that money is used to buy things. Explain that there are some things we need to buy, such as food, while there are other things we may want to buy, such as toys. The next time you are at a store, show your child the money you plan to use to purchase an item and talk about whether it is a "need" or "want" item.

Take It Further

Celebrate the idea of saving with your child by helping him save up for something special! Have your child draw or cut out a picture of an item she wants to buy. Put the picture on her piggy bank to reinforce the idea of saving towards a goal. You can even track your child's savings with her by creating a chart that shows how much she has saved and how much she needs to reach her goal.

Produced by: Funding is provided by:
Sesame Workshop logo Sponsor Logos Image Map
© 2009 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. The contents of this website were developed under a grant, #PRU295A050003, from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
“Beaches Blue Lizard logo Chrysler logo “SeaWorld CPB logo Dept. of Education logo

What's this?

PBS Parents Picks

  1. Wild Kratts image

    Wild Kratts App Teaches Young Children How to Care for Animals

    In this app, kids are charge of feeding, washing, and playing with baby animals.

  2. Curious Kids image

    How (And Why) To Encourage Curiosity

    "...when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better."

  3. Gardening Benefits image

    The Benefits of Gardening With Kids

    Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. A few containers and soil in a sunny spot will do.

PBS Parents Newsletter

Find activities, parenting tips, games from your child's favorite PBS KIDS programs and more.