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Project

Coin Counters

Introduction

A slit on the lid will allow childern to feed their change into this petit container, encouraging counting and saving.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Have a parent use a utility knife to cut a slit in each lid large enough for coins to slide through;

  2. Step 2

    Press the rough slits flat against underside of lid using needle-nose pliers.

  3. Step 3

    Spray-paint lids with latex paint; when dry, use a thin permanent marker and a stencil to mark denominations.

Reviews (12)

  • Martha Honig 19 May, 2012

    What a cute idea for getting kids interested in coin collecting. Not only do i kind of like the sound of coins in a jar but because the jar is clear you can see a ll the great coins inside. You could even have separate jars for collecting US coin sets, each set in its own jar!

  • All_Hail_The_Martha 5 Nov, 2010

    Takes up too much space. I just throw it all into a jar, and when the jar gets full, I dump it in the coin counter at the grocery store. Presto. Problem solved.

  • abiebaby47 5 Nov, 2010

    This is a cute idea, but I think it should be called a "mini coin bank," NOT a "coin counter"! A coin COUNTER, when full, would hold an exact amount of a certain coin, so that kids (or adults) would know how much money it contains when it is full.

  • faithautumn 23 Nov, 2008

    THINK ABOUT IT THE IDEA IS NOT GOING TO TEACH YOU TO PUT TECHNOLOGY INTO A LID, HOWEVER GREAT WAY TO TEACH CHILDREN TO SORT AND COUNT, IF YOU WANT ONE THAT COUNT'S GO TO QVC.COM AND THEY HAVE A TWO PACK DEAL YOU GET ONE LARGE AND ONE SMALL MADE BY ZILLIONS, WE USE LARGE ONE AS FAMILY SAVINGS AND SMALL ONE IN MY SONS ROOM, YOU COULD PUT A SMALL ONE ON DRYER FOR ALL THAT CHANGE IN THE POCKETS IF YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS HELPFUL PLEASE ADD COMMENT

  • pattyquinn 23 Nov, 2008

    I love this idea! I teach third grade and will use this idea to help my children with math-challenges. I will use the baby food jars to have children create coin-specific jars that bank one dollar amounts. You can't imagine how difficult this can be for learning-disabled children. One child in particular has mastered the names and values of U.S. coins. Now I hope to have him accomplish knowing how many of each coin it takes to equal one dollar. THANKS for another great idea!

  • teejw 22 Nov, 2008

    I also wondered why these are called "coin counters". I expected to see how to make an actual coin counter, not how to make a mini coin collector. The project title doesn't accurately describe the actual project. I'm not saying that I'm "so smart that I don't need ideas". Just simply commenting on the fact that this great project has somewhat of a misleading name....that's all. Please don't read anymore into this than that, KIMGARBER. You're taking abiebaby47's comments WAY TO PERSONALY.

  • abiebaby47 21 Nov, 2008

    Why this is called a "coin counter"? To me that implies that the jar will "count" the coins that are put into it when, in fact, it is the children - NOT the "mini-bank" - that will do the counting! Still, it's a good idea to teach children to save AND recycle.

  • bittyro 21 Nov, 2008

    If you don't have baby food jars handy, small 1/2 pint jelly canning jars would work too. Also the flat piece of the 2 part lid would be easier and safer safer to put a slot in. Just place it on a piece of scrap wood and use and awl, or chisel and a hammer to punch the slot.

  • KDBee46 21 Nov, 2008

    I'm going to buy some baby food just for the jars (of course I'll eat it, I miss the taste of SOme of them). But do they still come in glass jars? I guess I'll find out! Fantastic Idea. My 8-yr-old daughter has change all over the house!!

  • vjhreeves 21 Nov, 2008

    What an easy and clever idea! My 1st grader is always on the hunt for dropped coins in parking lots, etc, It's amazing how many he finds. Nice way to turn his "hobby" into a learning experience.

  • dougy 21 Nov, 2008

    I have 3 grandsons and I find money laying around everywhere. This will be implemented by grandma! Great idea for learning to save and keeping their area neat and clean. Thanks.

  • adolopo 21 Nov, 2008

    I love it! Counting and Finance 101. The kids in my family are tactile and visual learners