By: Francesca Fiori
Piggy banks are a wonderful way for people to store coins and save up money. They are usually mostly used by kids, but adults can certainly use them too! Occasionally they are even used as decorative objects since they come in all shapes and sizes.
History of Piggy Banks
In the Middle Ages, people used simple jars or even kitchen pottery to collect their money. The clay used to make these jars was called pygg, so the jars were known as pygg jars. Over time, this term was gradually modified to “pig banks”. With this new name, people began creating clay jars shaped liked pigs with a slot at the top to insert money. Later, they would even make other shapes and use other materials such as glass or plastic.
Piggy Bank Collecting
Piggy banks have been created in such a massive array of shapes, sizes and colors, not to mention cultural and antique influences. Some are specifically designed for children, while others are made for adults. All of these factors have made piggy banks a wonderful collector’s item. Many collectors scour the world for different types of piggy banks to add to their collections. There are also many online stores and special groups that cater to this hobby.
Making Piggy Banks in School
Other Piggy Bank Links
Feed Your Pig – Savings Resources for Kids