50 Jar Gifts: idea #17 – Jar Games

games in a jar from lost button studio

Can you remember the simple games you played as a child? This great idea from Lost Button Studio uses simple objects to play a variety of games. It even has a free printable game booklet with ideas on what games you can play with the objects in the jar. What a perfect opportunity to share memories of childhood games that you remember playing or memories of friends, siblings or cousins that you played with.

games in a jar by lost button studio

Here are a few more jar games ideas. But the one above is my favorite.

secret message in a bottle by my sister’s suitcase

bottle top ladybugs via Love and Lollipops

50 reasons why I love you from Repeat Crafter Me

gumdrop questions game & free printable by the Crafting Chicks

If this idea inspires you, let me know. I’d love to share your project here too.jar gift logos18

Want some more ideas? Visit my Pinterest board dedicated to jar gift ideas.


50 Jar Gifts: idea #16 “Children” Story Prompts

Children’s Story Prompt Jar

This is the fourth in a series of story prompt jar gifts with questions geared for kids. The idea is a set of questions in a jar that you can pull out to help a child to remember and record some of the events from their lives. I printed it on chipboard but they could be printed on cardstock. There is a different color on each end of the question so that once you have answered it you can turn it over in the jar and keep track of which questions you haven’t answered yet. The questions are intended you spark kids memory and lead them to other thoughts and memories. Let their ideas flow and see where they take you.

back of story prompts sheet

The first sheet in the file is the back of the story prompt. This sheet is optional but it helps in keeping track of which set of story prompts the question comes from and adds more color to the jar. I start by printing four copies of the first page (full bleed if your printer has that option) and then feed these pages back into the printer to print the question pages. (You should refer to your printer manual to know the right way to feed these into your printer.)

story prompts question sheets

The next four sheets are the questions. After printing these pages need to be cut apart by cutting the sheet in half (the long way) at 5.5″ and then every 1 1/16″ to finish cutting the questions apart. I also like to use a corner rounder on each question but that is optional. Though it looks nice and will help the questions not get so dog-eared with use.

story prompts question sheets

story prompts question sheet

story prompts question sheet

The last page has an insert for the canning jar lid (wide mouth quart or pint and a half work great) and a set of tags to tie on to the jar with simple instructions. There is a journal cover so that you can also give them a place to record the memories for sharing and future reference. Cut another piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock for the back along with some blank or lined paper for the inside. Then bind them together by your chosen method. I’m lucky enough to have a wire binding machine but you can get the journal bound at your local copy center. This sheet isn’t strictly necessary but it helps pull the gift together into a nice package.

jar lid, tags and journal cover sheet

I am putting the jar and journal in a gift bag along with some treats to munch on while answering the questions to help get them started on recording their memories.jar gift logos17

Feel free to use these files for personal use and gifts. You can download pdfs here.

Questions come from those at StoryCorps.org.

50 Jar Gifts: idea #15 – Bubbles

Homemade Bubble Jars by Maison de Pax

Here is another activity oriented jar gift idea. While bubbles are usually thought of as a kids thing there are lots of adults who like them too. Homemade bubble jars create the perfect setting to talk about childhood memories. Below are more bubble ideas to get you started.

Bubble dispenser via Amy Wright

Homemade bubbles: combine 12 cups water, 1 cup dawn liquid soap and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Stir gently. Put all of this in a $5.00 container from Target/Walmart. Inexpensive and spill proof! Give the kids Dixie cups with all your extra wands from previous bubble jars. Enjoy! Amy

Bubble Jar via CraftFoxes

Bubble Wand

If it is wintertime you can try making frozen bubbles. For a fun night-time activity, cut open and glow stick and pour it into the bubble jar.

Glow in the Dark Bubbles via Lindsay

image via Myla Jones

If this idea inspires you, let me know. I’d love to share your project here too.jar gift logos16

Want some more ideas? Visit my Pinterest board dedicated to jar gift ideas.

RootsTech 2014

It is a crazy week for me. I went to Innovator Summit (part of RootsTech) yesterday and today was the first day of RootsTech. Went to some great classes both days. Two more days of RootsTech ahead and I really need more sleep. The mornings are way too early for me. You can enjoy part of RootsTech too. They are streaming some of the sessions live or you can catch them later on the RootsTech site. The hardest part is deciding between classes.

On a side note Dune (our Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy in training) is returning for the next stage of her training this weekend. I’d like to get her puppyhood book done to send with her but I don’t think I’m going to make it. I hope to get a pupdate post done next week.

In the meantime, head on over to the RootsTech site and enjoy the free classes.