Crafty Kids: Make A Happy Jar

It is so easy to help the kids make a ‘Create Your Own Happy’ Jar – a place to keep a record of all the little amazing things that happen.


  • A jam jar with a lid
  • Colouring pens or permanent markers
  • Plain paper or sticky labels
  • Glue or sellotape
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Small pieces of paper
  • A Pen

Soak the jam jar in hot soapy water to remove the label and let it dry out. In the meantime, colour or design your own label. This could be on a piece of paper you stick onto the jar, a plain sticky label or if you have permanent markers, you could draw straight onto the glass.

If you have stickers you could decorate your jar with them too. Your jar needs to be something that totally grabs your attention and feels full of happy.

Next, take some small pieces of paper and think of the awesome things that have happened to you in the last week. Remember they don’t have to be big things. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Getting a smile from someone special
  • Hearing your favourite song play on the radio
  • Receiving praise from a teacher
  • Seeing a rainbow
  • Inventing a new game
  • Laughing at a funny joke
  • Learning something new
  • Experiencing a lovely smell
  • Reaching a new level in a game
  • Enjoying some good weather

Even on a really bad day, remember tomorrow
is a new day, and you can always write: ‘I survived a really tough day today!’

Make sure your jar is somewhere where you will see it every day – maybe by your bed so you can record the happy moments before you sleep?

Craft idea from children’s book Create Your Own Happy by award-winning blogger duo Penny Alexander & Becky Goddard-Hill which sends out the message  that, “Your happiness is your superpower”, giving children the ability to shape their future and “make happy happen” by spreading happiness around them. A must-have that will change yours and your child’s life for the better, as we all know happy kids leads to a happier you. Published by Harper Collins. RRP £9.99

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