We absolutely love our Melissa & Doug responsibility charts. At the end of each week we give the kids one quarter for every year old that they are. They also get a "bonus" of $1.50 if they didn't lose more than 7 smiley faces that week. In the past I've shared a little bit more about our system here.
Giving them their own money has been really rewarding, for both them and us.
- They are learning that it pays to be responsible in life.
- They are learning the value of money...for instance, how many quarters it takes to buy a pack of gum.
- On vacations they have to use their own money for "extra" perks or souvenirs.
- When they see something in the store that they want they know that they have to use their own money and not ask mom and dad to buy it for them.
- They are learning how to be generous by setting part of their money aside to give to our church.
- They are learning how to be responsible by saving for the future.
The kids previously had various piggy banks in all different shapes and sizes. The hard part was that they were spread out all over the house and made it hard to be consistent come Sunday when we usually try to pass out the quarters and clear the charts. Most times we were just writing the number of quarters that we owed them on their boards and calling it good. I was really hoping to come up with a solution that would be inexpensive to create and keep all of the jars in one place.
We've been using this new solution for a few weeks now and it works great!
To make your very own money jars you only need a few supplies.
A few mason jars, some washi tape, and a sharpie marker.
We color code most things for our kids so I used washi tape in various colors that would make it easy to identify their jars. I needed to create a surface that I could write on to label the three different types of jars.
I bought some spice racks from IKEA to place the jars in. You could use any kind of shelf really, but these are nice because the jars can't slide off of the front and you can fit four into each one. You can't tell from the picture but we also purchased a piece of wood from Home Depot to anchor to the wall and then attached the shelves into that. Because of the weight we wanted to make sure it was strong & secure to the wall studs.
The jars remind me of an old fashion general store the way that they are all lined up in a row. This corner of our home is a special hub where the kids can be creative and learn lessons about the importance of being responsible with their attitudes and actions.