Kick off your week with this fun and simple craft you can make with your little ones that not only encourages them, but also allows you to share and shape their identity. Several weeks ago I did a small support group with a co-worker for children we work with and we created “I Can’s.” Each child designed a can and wrote down all of the things they can do! It was bittersweet to see some children able to fill their cans and watch as others struggle to list a handful of capabilities. So I figured to do a twist on that craft and create an “I AM” Jar (plus my husband threw away my can by “accident”…). This is a great way to help your child share who they believe they are AND to reaffirm the wonderful things about them.
- A jar or can
- Scrap paper
- Address label
- Scrap yarn (optional) I made small yarn balls as a filler
- Sticks (I used lollipop sticks I had leftover from another craft)
I made the flags out of extra scrapbook paper I have and address labels, which I always keep on hand. However, you can simply use scrap pieces of paper and fill your jar without the flag concept. Here is how I created the flags:
|Place your address label with a portion of it hanging off of your scrapbook/decorative paper.
|Write your I AM statement – notice the lip of the label. Cut out your flag!
|Fold your extra piece of the label around the stick
|Ta-da! You have your flag!