For a long time I Have been struggling to come up with how to teach my kids ( almost 6yrs and almost 3yrs) how money works and the concept of saving. They knew you have to have money to buy something and you cant just eat something in the shop without paying. Then my eldest started Primary school. And to instill their values at school ( Service, Persistance, Achievement, Responsibility & Knowledge) they have a value ticket system where each time they achieve one of the values they get a ticket which gets cashed in every second week for a reward. And so started my bright spark as I saw how eager my eldest was in getting her value tickets.
I started our chore ticket system. Our system is based on working for every Rand, no free hand outs. You have a daily chore ticket which has basic chores which amounts to R10 a week for my almost 6yr old and R5 for my almost 3 yr old.
Then over the weekend they can make extra money if they help me out without me asking. Like sweeping, dusting, help do laundry etc
This whole week they were so excited to do chores and yesterday ( Sunday) they could cash in their tickets.
After the Reward for each ticket was given they had to learn that every time they get money they have to save a portion. We set it to 10% of their earnings.
Lets hope the enthusiasm for doing their chores to earn pocket money lasts.
My girls are loving the new t-shirts they have been painting. And I thought of changing it up a little from the normal fabric paint as i have fabric glue and tons of glitter. So the glitter t-shirt idea was born,
All you need is a Plain t-shirt, fabric glue and glitter, maskingtape or stencil. I outlined a Christmas tree with masking tape.
Then gave each girl their own fabric glue in a container and told them to apply the glue inside the lines. and as you finish a section you sprinkle your glitter.
Then we let it dry.
Once it is dried we remove the masking tape.
and your picture is done. I cant wait to get my hands on different stencils to retry it. My girls loved their sparkly glittery t-shirts.
This is a very simple activity to make. Made shapes in MS Word. Cut it out and glued it on a paperplate.
When I made the shapes I also made little rectangle shapes with the same colours. Print and cut it out and stuck it to wooden pegs.
Then we are ready to match the colours.
My eldest was very eager to show her baby sister how to match the colours.
When the weather is chilly and no-one feels like going out. You have to get very creative. Today i had to scratch deep in my box of magic tricks to keep me 2 divas occupied. Luckily i had a few games i made ages ago but havent introduced it to them yet.
1. Popsicle Memory game
I found the template here. My girls love the memory games on my cellphone but thought it should be interesting to not play it on a deviceMy diva had tones of fun
2. DIY stone domino
Found this idea here. My small diva uses the dominos to sort it by colour.
My eldest diva can sort according to the numbers
They loved it so much that we decided to go look for more rocks to make more dominos
3. Shape mixer
this i didnt make but the girls found it non the less very exciting to match the shape.
Then finally indulging in some jello..
It kepr them out of mischief and boredom. So yay all around.