With our painted jar goal-setting activity, kids can display a colourful set of goals in their handprinted jar, and display it in their room as a visual reminder of all they’d like to accomplish in the coming year.
With a brand new year stretched out before us, it’s a great time to encourage your kids to think about the things they’d like to personally accomplish in the coming 12 months.
This creative goal-setting activity makes the process artful and fun.
Your kids will paint a glass jar with a vibrant and inspiring design and then write their goals down on colourful strips of paper. Curl the strips into spirals, stash them in the jar, and display the jar where it will serve as a daily visual reminder of the goals and accomplishments your kids want to achieve in the coming year.
Not only does this activity introduce children to the beneficial habit of goal-setting, it’s a creative art activity that all ages will enjoy.
Visit CBC Parents for our jar-painting instructions, and more details about this activity.
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Excellent suggestions, Jackie. This will bring both creativity and taking responsibility into one activity. By helping children set realistic goals and then work out an action plan to achieve them is a vital life lesson. Giving appropriate rewards when goals are met or even when key milestones to a goal are met can keep the children motivated to achieve the goals. I would suggest a good mix of such creative indoor craft and outdoor play for optimal stimulation for children.
I have been using the painted jar for several years. It’s a great way to set goals and track your progress towards them. The system is quite simple but it does require some discipline on your part to follow through with it, which can be difficult at first if you’re not used to setting goals or tracking them in any organized fashion. But once you start doing so, it becomes a lot easier and more enjoyable as long as you don’t put off setting new ones until next year (as I tend to do).