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Make your own bank

Create a safe place for you to collect your favourite things, and your own way of how you keep track of it.

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Scrap paper
  • Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)

Activity summary

This activity gives everyone the chance to choose something to collect, a safe place to collect it, and a way to record their progress. It doesn’t have to involve collecting or saving money – but it’ll help everyone understand some of the concepts relating to saving money. 

Before you begin

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Step 1: decisions, decisions

  1. The person leading the activity should remind everyone about The marshmallow experiment. What did they do? How did it make people feel? 
  2. Everyone should think about other things they might save. When might they collect something and keep it safe so they can use it for something later on? 
  1. This activity is all about collecting and saving something. Everyone should think about what they might like to keep and save. 
  1. Everyone should decide on an aim for their bank. Do they want to reach a particular goal (for example, a number of items or a full book of drawings), or do they want to form a habit (for example, add something to the collection every day for a month)? 
  1. Everyone should decide on what their reward will be when they reach their aim. Maybe they’ll bring their crafts in to show everyone or turn their leaves into a picture.
  2. Everyone should decide what they’ll create to help them keep track of their progress.
  1. Everyone should decide how they’ll keep the thing they’re saving safe. They might need to keep other people (or themselves!) from getting into it. Where will they keep it? Will they keep it closed until the end? 


Step 2: make your own bank

  1. Once everyone has decided what they want to do, they should make their bank.
  2. Everyone should choose an item to hold the things they’re going to save or collect. It’s up to them what they choose.
  1. Everyone should agree on how long they’ll save for and how they’ll share their progress. 



This activity will have been different for everyone – people made their own choices, and they’ll have learned different things too. Take some time to ask everyone questions about what they decided to save and why. How do people feel about saving? Did they enjoy watching their collection grow, or did they get impatient having to wait? Saving and collecting will feel different for everyone; by talking about it, people will learn more about their friends and themselves.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.