At the beginning of this summer, Kate approached me with an idea. She wanted to try and earn some money on her own. I asked her what she was planning on doing to earn money, totally expecting her to say chores around the house…which she already earns an allowance for. Instead, she had a planned all worked out! She had the idea to offer some of the moms at our pool some Mom Time Out. Her plan was to give the moms at the pool a break, while she swims with and entertains their child. What a great idea! Kate already spends a ton of her time at the pool playing with the little kids, so why not turn it into a job?
I thought it may be a good idea to define the job a little more. We came up with this…she could only be responsible for one child at a time. She would only do this for 1-2 hours per job, one job per day. That way she could still enjoy her summer. She would charge $5 per hour.
If your child doesn’t have this option or isn’t old enough to babysit, maybe think of some different options like helping with yard work, taking out the trash, wiping down the table and countertops in your home, or even helping with the laundry. The important thing is to really map out your expectations and to pay them when the job is done. Now on to the fun part…creating a bank that they can keep their earnings in!
We started with a small wooden box from Michaels, wooden knobs, and some of our favorite ELMER’S products!
We started by painting the box with ELMER’S Squeeze n’ Brush Painters.
Next we used ELMER’S School Glue to decoupage some scrapbook paper to the top of the box.
Then we painted one of the wooden knobs and adhered it to the top of the box using ELMER’S Craft Bond, then Kate used some of ELMER’S Glitter Pens to girly up her box!
To keep track of her “clients” ;), Kate added some paper to her box where she has the parents list their cellular numbers and emergency numbers. This is for the next phase of her business, when she is ready to start babysitting on her own while the parents go to dinner or the movies. She plans on taking her Babysitting Box on her babysitting jobs so she doesn’t have to get new information each time she works for the same family.
She can also keep her earnings in her Babysitting Box! Isn’t it super cute?
I love the idea of having a place to store her money and information sheets! No matter what job your child has in mind, I think it’s just a great idea to start teaching kids about money at an early age. I am going to get Kate a checkbook register to keep in her box as well. That way she can keep track of her money just like she would if she had a checking account. She can learn how a bank works by using her own bank!
Here is another fun ELMER’S project I created this summer…and you can find tons of amazing craft ideas when you join the Elmer’s Parents Club and receive the amazing FREE Summer Craft E-Book with 5 crafts that build lasting memories!