Shortly after Tadbit was born, 30 weeks ago, I took Paxlet out one morning to burn some excess energy. During this outing, we looked for can and bottles that we could return to the store for coins. I thought it would be fun for Paxlet, but I never thought it would be this…successful.
We have got a bottle/can hound on our hands! He is constantly on the lookout for them, wanting us to look in every single trashcan we pass and even telling us about the “squished” ones he sees in the middle of the road or while he was walking somewhere with the daycare group. He even wants the Estonian cans, which don’t have a bottle return here. In fact, the entire family has gotten in on it. Mr Siili will pick up bottles and cans he sees on his way to/from work. And I also tuck them in the bottom of the stroller when I’m out and about during the day.
For Paxlet, it’s the little things! He loves finding the cans/bottles, putting them in the machines, pressing the green button that spits out the receipt, handing said receipt to the cashier and then getting coins. Yes, these coins go directly to him. Paxlet loves it when he gets more than one coin. For him, ,45 cents (,20 + ,20 + ,05) is more exciting than a 1€ coin.
During these roughly 30 weeks, he has returned more than 60€ worth of cans and bottles. Fifty euros of that has been put in his savings account to await some future purchase when he realizes that he has money and what it can do. But for now, he can continue to have fun putting the coins in his frog bank.