I love seeing all the sweet gifts this time of year. I just wish that they weren’t all Christmas themed, so that they could be displayed and adored all year round. Don’t get me wrong, I love going through our box of memories every year, but I also want little treasures from my kids that I can look at on a rough day and remember that it isn’t always bad. I have artwork lined windows in my office (that my hubby put plastic over!) so that as I sit and work, I can smile about the fun activities that we’ve done. This Memory Jar is perfect to give for Christmas, but it can find a spot on the shelf for the whole year. Plus, you can add to it as you make more memories!
Materials needed for the Memory Jar:
Treasures from memory/trinket collections
Start by covering every touchable surface with plastic. Trust me on this one.
Also, do not leave the glitter bottle in reach of your child as you go to the kitchen to get the jar. You don’t want to know… Ok, so maybe you do… If you are curious to see what the results of that experiment are, you will want to check out this Instagram post.
Rather than clean up our glitter disaster immediately, we just went ahead a finished our project and then cleaned it all up, well as much as we could anyway. Honestly, aside from the crazy, glitter dancing disaster, most of the glitter was contained on the plastic and was easy to dispose of when we were finished. So learn from me and hold those glitter bottles super close even when you don’t think that your child can open them. Because glitter is a great incentive to practice a new skill. To create the memory jar, cover the entire outside of the jar with the glue from the glue stick. Then sprinkle glitter onto the glue. We used some of the “dance floor” in effort to clean it up. Once the entire jar is covered, let the glue dry. While it’s drying help your child gather up trinkets that they have been collecting throughout the year. Seashells from a trip to the beach, a stick from a nature walk, favorite rocks, maybe some dice if you love playing games together. We included a feather from Pin the Tail on the Turkey, a gingerbread decoration that we made last week, a tiny bulb to remember decorating the Christmas tree, a block to remember her favorite activity, one of her favorite toys, and a little bit of “ice cream.” Anything that your child considers “special” or “memory-making” is perfect. The whole point of this gift is that it shows her favorite memories.
Download and attach one of the “Memories made with You” tags to the Memory Jar.
Wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree!