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I am beyond excited to share a wonderful activity that has brought immense joy and bonding to my family: creating memory jars with my grandchildren! It’s a simple yet powerful way to preserve precious moments and bring generations together. This delightful project not only encourages quality time with our little ones but also helps them appreciate the value of cherishing memories. In a world filled with electronic distractions, a memory jar is a breath of fresh air that takes us back to simpler times. So, let’s dive right into it and create a heartfelt keepsake to be treasured forever. 🙂
- Glass jar with a lid (Mason jars work well)
- Colored or plain paper
- Pens or markers
- Ribbon or twine (optional)
- Stickers or other decorations (optional)
1. Choose a jar
Select a glass jar with a lid that can comfortably hold your memories. Mason jars are a popular choice, but you can also upcycle any empty jar in your home. Remember, it’s not the size that matters; it’s the love that goes into filling it!
2. Prepare your materials
Gather colored or plain paper, pens or markers, and scissors. You may also want to collect some stickers or other decorations to personalize your jar further.
3. Write down memories
Sit down with your grandchildren and reminisce about special moments you’ve shared together. Encourage them to think of their favorite memories with you or other family members, as well as milestones, achievements, and funny stories. Write each memory on a separate piece of paper. Or draw them!
I enjoyed this part very much so as we got to reflect on fun times together in the past. Some of the things we came up with included the time we baked a giant cookie together and it stuck to the pan creating a hilarious mess, a family trip to the beach in which we searched for and brought home the perfect seashell, and the day little Joey learned to ride his bike without training wheels. I was so happy to be there for that and remember cheering him on from the sidelines!
4. Fold & place memories in the jar
Once you have written down your memories, fold the pieces of paper and place them in the jar. Your grandchildren will enjoy the tactile aspect of this step and feel a sense of accomplishment as they watch the jar fill up.
5. Decorate the jar
Personalize your memory jar by adding stickers, ribbons, or other decorations that represent your family’s unique style. You can also label the jar with a title, such as “Grandma and [Grandchild’s Name] Memory Jar,” and include the date.
6. Display your memory jar
Place the jar in a prominent location in your home, such as on a bookshelf or mantel, as a constant reminder of the beautiful memories you’ve created together. You can even make it a tradition to read some of the memories aloud during family gatherings or special occasions.
Creating a memory jar with your grandchildren is an enchanting and meaningful activity that promotes bonding and helps preserve treasured moments. It’s not only a lovely keepsake for you and your grandchildren, but it’s also an invaluable gift for future generations to cherish. So gather your supplies and your little ones, and let the memory-making magic begin!