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DIY Thankful Jar | Fun Crafts with Mom @orientaltrading

Disclosure: I work with Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.

Growing up, my mother used to make my brother and I write down everything we were thankful for when it was near Thanksgiving. On the big day, we would read out loud at dinnertime what we had been thankful for throughout the year. Now that both my kids kind of understand the meaning of being thankful for things (well Kenzie at least) it's time to start this tradition in a fun new way with the Thankful Jar.


I love Oriental Trading because not only do they carry a huge selection of products at insanely affordable prices, they have fantastic craft ideas. I was hooked when I saw the perfect Thankful Jar craft and knew Kenzie would be delighted to make it.

Materials

Instructions

1. Use glue dots to attach wooden bingo tiles to the front of the paint jar to spell “Give Thanks”. I just love these because they are the perfect size for small hands and fun to spell lots of words. We will definitely have to pick up a few more sets soon.
2. Decorate the jar with red washi tape as you desire.


3. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, lay out a variety of tags for your family and friends to use to write down what they are thankful for. Collect them in the jar. I like to put the name on one side of the tag and have the other side blank to write on.

4. On Thanksgiving, pull the tags out and read them aloud.


This is a wonderful tradition to start and nice that your child will start learning the meaning of Thanksgiving from a young age. Kenzie thought of her own idea with the Wish Jar for her birthday - Christmas! She can write down things she wants from Santa as well as things she wants for her birthday and place right into her Wish Jar. When the toy magazines start arriving, she can simply cut out and place into her Wish Jar. *I think she has gotten quite a bit obsessive because she's stuffing her jar with wishes such as baby dolls, accessories, iPad and more - I don't think there's going to be room left by the time the Big Toy Book arrives!


Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions with your children?

Check out the Halloween Spider Popsicle Stick Craft for Kids from Momspotted this week!


17 comments:

  1. That is such a cute idea. I had idea Oriental Trading had so many craft items.

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  2. This is so fun! I love Oriental Trading!

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  3. It's such a sweet way to express thankfulness. I need to make one for our family.

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  4. Those alphabet tiles are the cutest! And I love the idea of a Thankful Jar!

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  5. What a great idea, I love encouraging kids to be thankful. Great craft that I can't wait to recreate.

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  6. Crafts keep kids happy and creative. I love this idea because not only does it have the creative aspect but it adds the grateful/thankful lesson as well. Great idea!
    Lee

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  7. I love the little alphabet tiles. Those could have so many crafty uses !

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  8. This is such a cool idea! I love Oriental Trading and all the products they have available to buy.

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  9. Oh those are such great ideas! I need to make a couple of jars with my son.

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  10. This is a great activity for kids as it also develops appreciation.

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  11. This is such a wonderful idea, and so cute! My oldest daughter would really enjoy making this too!

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  12. I really like this idea and the Wish jar and Thankful jar are great ways for kids to have fun making and doing. I will have to make these with my niece. Thanks for the idea.

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  13. What a wonderful idea! The thankful jars turned out really cute and it's great to start this tradition at a young age.

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  14. Love this idea!! Ive seen people start it at the beginning of the year and read them on Thanksgiving too!! Too much fun and a great way to focus on the good each day :) We love Oriental Trading for all our craft supplies as well :)

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  15. this is such a great idea! I need to share this with my mama friends to do with their families

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  16. This is a really neat idea that I will have to do with my son!

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