How To Make A Kids Gratitude Jar

November 13, 2019 3 Comments
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There are many benefits to teaching gratitude to our chidren, and this simple Gratitude Jar craft is a great way to start.

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The concept of a gratitude jar isn’t a new one. The theory is each day you write down something that you are grateful for that day and pop it in the jar. Then periodically, or perhaps if your feeling a little down you can look at the contents of your jar to see all the wonderful things that you have in your life.

It can be anything from something you have, a feeling you felt, something that happened, something that made you smile, a person in your life, anything that you felt grateful for that day.

There’s no denying that gratitude is good, and studies have shown that practicing gratitude has a number of positive effects. These include improving physical and mental wellbeing, decreasing stress and negative thinking and increasing happiness, forgiveness and compasion. Now isn’t that something we all want for our children!

When designing our gratitude jars, I wanted the kids to really start thinking about what they were grateful for. With no prompting from me they drew their pictures, everything from freinds and family, food and water, toys and TV in Oliver’s case! It was great starting point and helped them understand the purpose of the jars.

hand drawn kids drawings of what they are grateful for
The kids drawings of what they are grateful for

So if you would like to make your own Gratitude Jar similar to ours, then read on or pin it for later!

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How You Make The Gratitude Jar

First you need to find yourself a jar. I used two old coffee jars that I have been saving for such a craft, but equally an old cookie jar or large jam jar would also be suitable. You obviously need to wash them and remove the labels before you start.

To help with the writing I printed the words onto paper and used a little blue tack inside the jar to act as a template. I used a gold outliner relief paste which is fairly easy to use, but you do need a steady hand. You have to let it dry for 24 hours and then bake at 160C for 40 minutes. This makes the lettering more durable.

Plain jar with printed word template inside
Make yourself a template and secure it inside the jar with a little blue tack
Writing on the galss jar with relief paste
You need a steady hand for this bit

Once dry it was time to stick on the pictures. I actually took a colour photocopy of the kids original drawings and sealed it with a layer of spray varnish. I’m not sure if this was a necessary step but I was concerned that the ink might bleed when applying them to the jars.

When dry I cut out the kids pictures and words and applied them to the jars with Mod Podge, and then finished off with a couple of layers of Mod Podge over the top allowing each coat to dry inbetween.

Applying the kids drawings to the galss jar using modge podge
Sticking the kids pictures and words to the glass jar

Wait to dry, and that’s it! Kids gratitude jars all made.

I have positioned ours in a prominent place in the playroom to remind us to do it. I also have next to them a pot with some cut up pieces of coloured card and a pen.

We have only been using them for a few days, but already I’m thinking I need to make a gratitude jar for myself. After all we could all do with being a little bit more grateful couldn’t we?

Kerry x

The finsihed gratitude jars
The finished gratitude jars
the back of the finsihed gratitude jars
I love the kids illustrations!

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3 Comments

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy November 22, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I love this idea #kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) November 22, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve been doing a daily gratitude project for nearly four years now so it’s become a habit for me now, but I love the idea of getting the children to do the same using jars. The illustrations are beautiful. Hope they have fun filling their jars too 🙂 #KidsandKreativity

  • Naomi Oikonomou November 25, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    This is great. I know especially for my 3 year old it is so easy to treat and spoil him and then wonder why he doesn’t appreciate the smaller things. Taking time to think about all the little lovely things and actions and people that make up your surroundings is a wonderful activity to practice. #kidsandkreativity

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