Family Home Evening Jar

Family Home Evening Jar

I ran across this blog a while ago (when my baby wasn’t a toddler) and I made this jar thinking we would use it when he got older and is ready for it.  He is only 21 months right now, so we will still be waiting a while, but I know that I have it there when we need it.

If you have young children you know what a struggle it is to keep them engaged during Family Home Evening.  Making Family Home Evening short (or at least the lesson part) has been one good tip we use with our toddler.  FHE-in-a-jar is for those days where you don’t have time to prepare Family Home Evening (and those days come more than we expect!) This way you can still stay consistent on those crazy days, or you can begin having Family Home Evening, no need to prepare a lesson!

Family Home Evening Jar

Although there are many versions out there, I really like this version because it comes with printable coloring pages for the little ones.  They are nice and short and have everything all prepared for you.  I found this version at foodstorageandbeyond.com where you can find many good food storage tips as well.  All you have to do is download and print, cut out the strips and put them in a jar, and put the coloring pages in a small folder or binder easy to access for later.  It is best if you keep the jar next to the binder/folder so that you know exactly where everything is when you need it.

As she mentions in her post they also make good visiting teaching gifts!  What a great idea!  How do you keep Family Home Evening fun for your little ones?

Make Your Own Dividers

I wanted to do this project I created called a “Family Birthday Binder”.  I decided that it would be a good idea to make a binder where I could keep a folder on each family member and stock up on birthday cards.  It is much easier to plan things in advance.

The budget was tight, but I was so determined to get this project done.  I had already spent the planned amount for crafting for the week and I wasn’t sure how the next couple weeks would go, so I decided that I would try to do this project free.

I needed dividers and I needed folders, but I didn’t want to spend any money…so…I made my own out of things I already had!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 pencil
  • 1 three ring binder
  • 1 three ring hole punch (any hole punch will do but you will have to measure the distance if you use just a single hole punch. So you might want to grab a ruler too if you just have a single.)
  • 12 X 12 paper
  • scissors
  • old dividers to trace
  • stick glue
  • clear tape
  • a printer (or you can just write on them with a marker if you don’t have a printer)
  • paper for the printer (if you decide to print out labels or make your own)

 

First I picked the paper I wanted to use

 

Dividers 1

 

Next I found my old dividers
 Dividers 2
Then I traced them on each paper.  I decided to trace on the back of the paper so I had to flip the divider to trace it the right way.
 Dividers 4
After tracing them all I cut them out of course.
Dividers 5
Then added tape to the edge of each side making sure to erase the pencil marks on the back first.
Dividers 6
Dividers 7
Finally I made labels for the tabs and put them through the hole puncher and into my binder they went. (I ran out of Avery labels so I just made my own and cut them out and glued them on with stick glue.)
 Dividers 8
Have fun making your own dividers! 🙂