This time of year is so special, or at least it can be. In the middle of all the hustle to get dinner on the table. Trying to keep up with the ever-increasing to-do list, especially during the holiday season.

And of course, just trying not to lose your sanity! I am very mindful of how my hurried attitude affects not only my well-being but that of my kids. So, for Thanksgiving, one simple thing I do each year, no matter the number of people at the table, is make a Thankful Jar.

A Thankful jar is a perfect way to get a little creative. It is a simple craft that your older kids who can handle scissors can help you with and your younger ones can help with the glue!

Thankful Jar

Use this to celebrate all that you are happy for this Thanksgiving

A Thankful Jar is a pretty simple idea. It is a way for everyone at the table at Thanksgiving to write down what they are thankful for.

Take a clean mason jar. Then, cut out one of the pre-made labels. You can check them out below. Finally, use tape to affix the label to the jar.

Depending on the number of people, depends on the number of jars I make.

If there is all my extended family, I make two jars. If you are doing this for a church group or a senior citizen’s home, I would make 4 or 5 jars.

Once I have the jars completed, I print out the Write-ins which already have the key phrase included at the front.

I cut each strip out and place some pens, pencils, or even crayons for the kids. You can have the kids help you glue each write-in on a large Popsicle stick.

Then place the write-ins near the jars. I always make double the write-in or two per person. That way people can share multiple reasons they are grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Finally, depending on your preferred method, I take the jar or jars to the table during dinner and pass them around to each person. I have each person pull out one reason from the Thankful Jar and read it out loud.

You can help the younger kids so they can be a part of the activity too! Then we guess who the write-in belongs to.

It makes it a very fun and memorable way to discuss why we are so grateful for what we have. I continue with each person reading one and the table guessing until all the write-ins have been read.


Fun For the Whole Family

In my family, this activity takes a bit longer as we eat and talk at the same time. The jar slowly makes its way around the table as each person reads a write-in. Everyone gets a turn or two. That way no one is left out. The kids get to see firsthand how the adults feel and what they care most about.

I believe that this is key because in our day-to-day lives we often hurry through and forget to say thanks for all we have.

Putting It All Together



Step 1: Print out the Thankful Jar Printable for Thanksgiving and Always. You can find the link below.

Print out your free labels and write-ins

Step 2: Find a clean glass jar (I used a wide mouth 16 oz mason jar) and remove the lid.

Step 3. Cut out the labels you prefer to use and a page or two of the write-ins. If you are planning on gluing the write-ins to a  jumbo Popsicle stick, use the tags especially designed for that.

Cut out the write-ins for your thankful jar

Step 4: Glue or tape the label on the jar. I used Tape and recommend it if you want to reuse the jar for something else in the future.

Glue or Tape the label to your wide mouth mason jar

Step 5: Glue the write-ins on the jumbo Popsicle sticks (optional) using a glue stick. I purchased a bag at the dollar store near me.

You Can Glue on the write-in on the Popsicle stick

Step 6: Find easy-to-use pens, pencils, markers, or crayons and place them on the table with the jar and write-ins.

Step 7: Write down what you are thankful for on one of the write-in sticks and place it in the jar.

Step 8: once everyone is all done writing down what they are grateful for, take the jar to where you are gathering and have each person pick a write-in stick out of the jar and read it. Go around the table and give everyone a turn or two. Try to guess who wrote it!

here is what the finished product - Thanksgiving Thankful Jar will look like along with the write-ins

Step 9: Enjoy being and feeling thankful together! Bonus, write the name and date of everyone on the back of the jumbo Popsicle stick and keep it in your kid’s keepsake boxes. It is fun to collect them over the years to see what they say. I am keeping my entire family’s write-ins. When they are older I will make it into wall art. ❤❤❤


Get your Free Thankful Jar Printable: Thankful Jar Printable for Thanksgiving and Always

With this free printable you get 2 types of Thankful Jar labels and 2 pages of Thankful Jar Write-ins as shown below.

Print these labels and adhere to your favorite glass jar

Additional Labels - just cut out and adhere to your favorite glass jar

Here is what the write-ins look like. Have the older kids who are comfortable using scissors cut them out for you and help to glue them on jumbo Popsicle sticks, or just cut them out.

The printable comes with two pages for each type of write-in. Two pages for use with jumbo Popsicle sticks and two pages for use without.

Of course, you can always print out more! The number you will need depends on the group size. A good rule of thumb is 2 per person.

write-ins make it easy to share what you are thankful for


Looking for that free printable? The download link is below!

FREE THANKFUL JAR PRINTABLE: Thankful Jar Printable for Thanksgiving and Always


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a perfect way to share all the ways you are thankful


If you love the idea of a Thankful Jar, then check out 10 ways to teach kids to be Thankful. It is a great way to share with your kids the joy of being thankful.

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