Piggy banks are a great tool for teaching children about the value of money and saving for their wants, needs, and future.
Although we know the benefits of learning these lessons at a young age, it can be difficult to convince our children that managing money feels rewarding.
Luckily, piggy banks have evolved a lot since we were young so most of the options available are more interactive and informative than ever before. You should have no problem finding a bank that will pique your child’s interest!
- 1. Moonjar Classic Moneybox
- 2. Money Safe Electronic Piggy Bank
- 3. DE Digital Coin Bank
- 4. Money Savvy Generation Pig
- 5. Matney Stealing Coin Cat Box
- 6. The Digi-Piggy Digital Coin Counting Bank
- 7. Pearhead Ceramic Piggy Bank
- 8. Smart Piggy Trio Bank
- 9. Lego Pig Coin Bank
- 10. National Geographic Glow-in-the-Dark Moon Bank
1. Moonjar Classic Moneybox
Material: Each individual box is constructed out of metal with an acrylic lid, making this a durable option for the youngest of hands! The boxes can be secured together with the included rubber band.
Size: 5 x 5 x 5 inches
What makes it unique: With three separate compartments, children can choose where to invest their money: saving, sharing, or spending. I love this option because it helps teach children about budgeting in a way that’s visual and child-friendly. Also included is a passbook that encourages children to write down their withdrawals and deposits.
Moonjar makes it an emphasis to encourage honest and open discussions about money. When personal finance is treated like a taboo topic, some kids will miss out on important lessons.
2. Money Safe Electronic Piggy Bank
Material: High-quality ABS plastic
Size: 8.1 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches
What makes it unique: If your child is worried about siblings “borrowing” money, this piggy bank is the obvious choice. Instead of a plug, children create their own numerical password to keep their money secure. Don’t worry, it’s easy enough to change if your child ever forgets. Another cool feature is the separate slot for dollar bills because children will get a kick out of feeding them into the machine themselves.
When the actual process of putting money into the bank is fun, it can encourage saving. It offers a bit of instant gratification that we usually get from spending, along with the long-term benefits of savings.
3. DE Digital Coin Bank
Material: A durable translucent plastic material available in a variety of colors – perfect for children who are visual learners.
Size: 8.8 x 4.8 x 4.7 inches
What makes it unique: This piggy bank is a good option for children because it accurately calculates the value of each coin placed through the slot on an additional LCD screen. I think this is a great choice for older children who are beginning to understand monetary value and would enjoy being able to keep track of their money this way.
4. Money Savvy Generation Pig
Material: It’s made from a translucent polystyrene plastic, available in three colors: blue, purple, green. There isn’t the biggest selection of colors, but this bank is another great option for visual learners!
Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches
What makes it unique: You’ll get a kick out of it because it’s shaped like a pig but what really makes it great is the four translucent compartments for: saving, spending, donating, and investing. Not only are these great concepts for children to learn at an early age but they’ll get the visualize impact from watching their savings grow.
This bank similar to the Moonjar, except it also has an extra compartment for investing. If the Moonjar feels like it lacks that classic Piggy Bank shape, then here’s a good alternative.
5. Matney Stealing Coin Cat Box
Material: 100% Non-toxic ABS Plastic
Size: 6.1 x 5.1 x 4.9 inches
What makes it unique: This bank is interactive with the addition of an adorable cat. The cat says “hello” when a coin is placed in the slot and deposits it using their paw while saying “thank-you”. I think children will love this cute interaction and won’t want to stop using this piggy bank!
As a parent, you might start to get tired of hearing this little coin-snatching kitten, but just remember: It means your kids are putting money away, and that’s the goal, right?
6. The Digi-Piggy Digital Coin Counting Bank
Material: This bank is constructed out of a durable plastic material, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it becoming damaged easily.
Size: 6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
What makes it unique: It’s another adorable pig-shaped option for the list, except this one includes an accurate digital counter for depositing money. I think this is another great choice for teaching children about math concepts and recognizing numbers.
It’s fun and encouraging to watch the numbers add up, which also gives an extra incentive to not take out any coins and lose count.
7. Pearhead Ceramic Piggy Bank
Material: This piggy bank is ceramic – not ideal if your children are young and will be handling it on their own.
Size: 5 x 6.25 x 7 inches
What makes it unique: We’re going back to the classics with this choice – this bank is a ceramic pig! There isn’t anything fancy about this bank but as the old saying goes, less is more (sometimes). A common complaint about piggy banks in this style is that they’re difficult for children to use on their own but not this bank – adding coins is a breeze and the rubber stopper is easy to remove.
There are no educational materials included, or unique ways that it helps you save money, just a nice gift box and a cute little piggy bank.
8. Smart Piggy Trio Bank
Material: High-quality cardboard designed to survive childhood with hidden magnets for assembly
Size: 7 x 4 x 7 inches
What makes it unique: This bank comes with a child-friendly “Smart Money Basics” book to introduce children to basic money concepts. The design is cool because instead of a plastic piggy bank, this style uses high-quality cardboard that attaches using strong magnets. Children get to ‘build’ their own piggy bank and arrange the boxes in any order so it’s a bit more of a personable experience.
The material is great, putting it together is great, having the separate compartments is an excellent feature that some of the very best piggy banks for kids have, and this is comfortably rounds out the top 3.
9. Lego Pig Coin Bank
Material: High-quality ABS plastic
Size: 5.1 x 3.5 x 3.1 inches
What makes it unique: Instead of a piggy bank that arrives ready-made, children get the experience building their own with this cool Lego set. I love this option because children get the educational benefits that come with building with Lego (strengthening fine motor skills, creativity, and problem-solving skills) and a fully functional piggy bank!
For kids who like Lego, this is a perfect option. It’s recommended for ages 7+, but could be perfectly suitable for someone younger, especially with a little help building it, it just depends on the kid.
10. National Geographic Glow-in-the-Dark Moon Bank
Material: Heavy-duty plastic
Size: 4.5 inches
What makes it unique: This piggy bank is perfect if your child is a budding astronomer – it’s designed to look like the moon! Unlike some products geared towards children, it has a realistic design and even comes with a piece of authentic meteorite. It glows in the dark; a feature that most children will be drawn to. It’s cool, it looks good on the shelf, it encourages saving, and even comes with a little lesson in science from space.
Some of the other choices on this list are very child-oriented and are fun toys in addition to tools for saving, but this one is more like something a child would want to keep and continue using as they grow older.
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