This is a project for early in the year, so that students can use their banks for the rest of the year to learn about money. Students decorate a small can with pictures to make it their own. The teacher can use these banks as a mathematics tool. By distributing fake money to the students over time, the teacher can evaluate student’s grasp on each coin’s value, and their ability to add and subtract money.
This project is similar to work book covers. In both cases, students decorate a tool that will help them throughout the year.