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How To Make A Collectible Jar For Kids Summer Fun

Updated on February 23, 2013

An All Summer Project To Fill Those Boring Moments

This project is a good way to get your children interested in something that will help keep them occupied when school let's out for summer break. It is inexpensive, can be quite educational and is an ongoing source of entertainment and pleasure for children.

Those dreaded words.... "I'M BORED" seems to squeeze it's way past the lips of the young ones as soon as the mundane routine of Not Going To School All Summer sets in. Kids are most often use to staying busy and summer break sometimes affords them with too much time on their hands.

Making a Collectible Jar can fill many hours of time that might otherwise be wasted in whining and mild depression or, living in front of the TUBE. This is something that can evolve over the course of summer break.It can be worked on at a leisurely pace or adapted to the more industrious children who like to be creative. It is also a great recreation to share with a summer companion or best friend. It lends itself nicely to doing as a group activity or as an individual and, it is a great way to put otherwise wasted items to use, as in recycling.

The project can be turned into an art form at the end of the summer by making a nice label to attach to the top of the lid. The label could be creativly decorated and attached to the side, listing information about the ingredients. Imagination is the BIG KEY to this hobby. However it is approached it can be a very rewarding hobby for kids and people of all ages.

What Is A Collectible Jar?

This is a jar filled with small items that are gathered over a period of time. I have been doing this for a long time and it has become somewhat of a hobby but it is something I fell upon by natural evolution. That is to say that I got in a habit of tossing little items into jars and I ended up with several jars so I started sorting the contents into categories.

This became a regular practice and I transformed the idea into an art or craft form over a period of years. Now I keep jars that are created not by force but rather by happenings and they are done in a lazy, sort of ambling fashion. I discovered early on how children seem to be drawn to my jars and that is the motivational force behind this hub.

Who knows just how far this Collectible Jar might carry the young, creative mind? Over a period of years it could happen that your child might turn this hobby into a mystical art form. One never knows the bounty reaped from the seeds we sow until harvest time is here. Look at what this artist turned his collecting habit in to. It is a wonder. Your child might consider using a special box instead of a jar. This would be good if the items collected are too big to fit inside a jar.

What Is Needed To Make A Collectible Jar?

Basically any jar with a lid will work just fine. Add a big plus sign to this craft for recycling. Jars are such a waste after they have been emptied of the original content so in a small way the kids will be doing something positive to help the environment.

I say the more unique the jar is, the better. Kids love strange things and odd shaped or irregular sizes are a big plus when it comes to making a Collectible Jar.

The bigger the better or, in some cases, tiny jars are also the perfect vessel for collectibles. Truth is I thought about writing this hub because I am in need of many tiny jars to store my beads in and it drove my mind to think of writing this hub from a child's perspective. Kids have a way of stuffing these same sorts of found objects in their pocket and so WHY NOT MAKE A Collectible Jar?

So all you really need to get started is a great jar and, time to collect whatever will fit into it.

There can be a special idea behind the jar such as pretty rocks, shells or found coins or there could be a time frame such as what came from all summer outing events, like ticket stubs and the brochure to the State Fair, small party favors, give away items such as pencils and key rings from promotional encounters at the fair and so on.

This hobby is only limited to the child's imagination and willingness to partake in the adventure. We use to go to the creek, get on a good sand bar where large items like rocks and shells get stuck in a drift when the water recedes and make a day of picking out certain findings. A good example would be rocks that are totally rounded by nature. Now these could be in the shape of a coin, being flattened and circular or they could be in the shape of a ball.

When the jars are filled they can be saved as is or the lids could be decorated with paper cut out and glued to the top as a label. Ribbons and strings could be added in colors that compliment there rooms or just decorated any way they want. This makes the hobby of making A Collectible Jar very versatile. There are many ways to decorate the jars from the inside out. It is a fun project and recycling found objects is usually good for the environment. The cost is very inexpensive and it will provide hours of fun and memories to last a lifetime.


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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana


      I started this activity when my step sons were little to keep them busy on BORING summer days. It is truly a great one! We kept spiders alive in jars for several years.

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      MoniqueAttinger 8 years ago from Georgetown, ON

      This sounds like a great summer activity... I'm thinking I'll get the kids going on this as soon as school is out! ;-)

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I do the same thing with my writing also. However, this is the way I have always written, so that is just me.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana


      Thanks for coming by to comment. I try to be straight forward with all my writing, just me!

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think writing this hub from a child's perspective is great. Many people that use the Internet do not read English as a first language, so making things straight forward and easy to understand helps. Great idea for using pretty jars to store beads too. I did this with plain jars, but a decorated one sounds great.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Jerilee...loved the photo of stuff from a pocket, it inspired me! Glad to include your hub for the inspiration.

      G-Ma...yeah the boxes are sorta creepy in a mystical way, I am sure to stick with the jars because it is easier to dust them. Thanks for the Hugs.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Wow is cool...and reminds me of the books called "I Spy"...some of the jars in the video anyway...or boxes I guess...Mayhave to try this Thanks...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      Great hub and something I do with the granddaughter who lives with us. Her collections include foreign coins, bugs (dead ones) small shells, rocks, and just "stuff" Thanks for the link too. His collection(s) tell me he's been collecting since childhood.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Smireles....You might have to give up a few jars for some of the youngsters this summer. My Mom always saved her candle jars too, I used them ALL up.

      Zsuzsy... I do recall you clearing out, and I laughed when I read your comment, I know, I know, we just can't help it!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I thought it was only me that collected and collected and collected some more. Last summer I emptied my house and tried to live the minimalism way. All my goody jars went into the small barn onto shelves that I had made just for this purpose. 3/4 off them are now back in the house in my workroom. It was too cold to be looking at the goodies outside all winter.....tooooo cold, so back in they came again. My granddaughters and I are constantly hunting for something in my Jars that will work for our craft. Mind you even just sorting will keep their little hands busy for hours.

      Great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Sandra Mireles 9 years ago from Texas

      Interesting article. I am saving my large candle jars with lids for gift giving during the holidays. They are nicely shaped and will make good gifts. Great idea!