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How many big trips did you take when your kids were little? Did you go to Disney? the beach? a cruise? When our oldest was younger, we took several. We took trips from Sea World to Myrtle Beach, we bought a camper and started going camping every other weekend, and we bought a boat and hit the lakes as much as we could. If we ask her now if she remembers any of things, she says no.
According to a lot of the information that is out there, we do not remember much before age 3. Then after that we go through a form of childhood amnesia. Go figure. So, all that money we spent thinking we were creating wonderful vacation memories, we did the opposite. She does remember the trips though we took once she started school.
We were so wanting her to remember all these great trips and vacations and the sad fact is she does not. The photos do not even trigger anything for her.
That is why we decided to not take our big family trip to Disney until next year when our youngest will be 8. I just heard those of you who screamed but she will not be into the princesses by then!
I am not saying you should not take anyone younger than 7/8 to Disney by any means. I am just sharing why we decided to wait.
We want her to remember the trip. Not ask her in 5/10 yrs. do you remember going to Disney going up and for her to look at us squarely and answer, “NO”.
Since this will be our first family trip together to Disney and I have a year to pull this trip together, I thought it would be fun to incorporate a few crafts and DIY projects! We decided to NOT tell the kids we are planning this trip! It is not that they will not love the trip, it’s just I don’t want to listen to “when are we going” for the next year!
One of the main things, at least for us, is the money factor of the trip. Since we are doing a full Disney trip experience, including staying on a Disney resort, it will not be a super cheap trip.
To help offset the cost of the trip, we decided to start a Disney fund! I am not talking about a gofund me or something list that. I am talking about a loose change, gift card type of fund.
To start the fund is simple. We already have lots of loose change throughout the week, so every time we have it, we will add it to the fund block. If I pick up a Disney Gift Card at the store, that will go into there as well.
To make the saving more fun, I decided to make a Disney Fund Bank! This was so simple to make! Right now, it is in my office, so the kids will not see it. They do not come into my office a lot, but in the event, they do, it is carefully hidden behind a large picture on my bookcase.
One of the fun aspects, at least for me, about this Disney fund is that I can watch it grow over the next year!
This glass fund block is so versatile. You can make it anyway you would like. And if you are planning on letting your kids know they are going to Disney, they can enjoy the experience of saving the money to go by watching it accumulate as you fill it with loose change, gift cards, etc.
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I hope you enjoy making this Disney Glass Fund Block with your kids!
*whatever you would like to decorate it with!
Pop the stopper out of the glass block. You can use the lid and just put it back on each time. I took it off and put it in my desk drawer since it’s in my office and I’d rather not deal with removing/replacing the lid.
Remove the product sticker off of the block. If there is any residue left on the block, use rubbing alcohol to remove it. Just put some on a paper towel and wipe the block off.
Add any ribbons, stickers, or any items that you would like.
And it’s done! Super easy and such a fun Disney Fund Glass Block!
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