When I was a kid, one day my grandfather and I created our own scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. It was so exciting, and I remember it with such joy. As a parent, I want my kids to have amazing memories. To not just remember the daily tasks, but special and exciting things we do together. This is why I created a Family Fun Jar.
The fun and special moments don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love going on exciting vacations, making trips to nearby attractions, and other things that do cost money. But that doesn’t need to be the norm. As much as I love going on vacation, it would be a shame to wait until a once per year vacation to make awesome memories together. My memory with my grandfather was so amazing, but didn’t cost a dime.
There are so many fun things you can do as a family on a regular basis that are free or inexpensive. So my question naturally becomes, how can we create more awesome memories together with our kids? This led me to make a Family Fun Jar for our family, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
DIY Family Fun Jar
- Mason jar or other container
- Family Fun Jar printable
- Tape to attach label
- Optional: washi tape & ribbon for decoration
Prepare the Activity Cards
I love having so many ideas already ready, so you don’t have to waste time trying to think of new activities! Just print out the cards (you may want to print them onto card stock to make them to sturdier). Then cut them apart and choose which activities will work well for your family. Only use the activity cards that would be appropriate for your kid’s ages, interests, and abilities (50 activity cards are included and some would work better for older kids, while other activities are more fun for little ones).
Decorate Your Jar
Put the activity cards you choose into an empty mason jar (or other container), and add the cute label. I added some pretty washi tape around the rim of the lid, and left the center top of the lid off to make it easy to reach inside the jar. Then I tied on some pretty gold curling ribbon for fun!
Place your jar somewhere you’ll see it regularly. When you have time to do something fun, just pull out a card to try! If you don’t want to do the activity you grab from the jar, just put it back in for later and pull a different card (if it’s pouring rain, you probably won’t want to do any outdoor activities). You don’t want to make the family fun jar stressful, just fun!! You know what will work for your family and what they would love.
Don’t miss the free printable for the Family Fun Jar! It includes a label for your jar and 50 family activity cards to choose from.
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Important note: There are a lot of activity ideas included in the free printable, to provide fun ideas for a lot of different families. Make sure you choose activities that are appropriate for your children’s ages, abilities, and interests (a pretend cooking competition wouldn’t be appropriate for my toddler so I wouldn’t include that in my own activity jar, but she would love finger painting). The point of these activities is to do them together, so they won’t be unsupervised. But it’s up to each parent to determine which activities are safe and appropriate for your kids.
Tips to Make the Most of Family Time
1. Be Intentional
Do you ever feel like the day-to-day tasks and plans can sometimes take over? And you look back on the day and think of all the things you got done, but not necessarily the fun you had together… When you want to create awesome memories, you need to be intentional about it.
Set some time aside each week to spend together, unplug the devices, and just have fun as a family. By intentionally making time, you won’t let other things crowd out what’s truly important: being together.
2. Think Ahead
When I spend time thinking of fun things to do as a family, I can think of so many. But in the spur of the moment, it’s easy to get caught up in the random things that pull our attention every day. That’s why I love the family fun jar – whenever we have a little extra time, we can just pull out a card for a fun idea to try. No intense planning required, just a fun little DIY project.
How do you plan to use your family fun jar?