Tot School Tuesday: Life Skills Jar

Hello there!

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We are starting off the week with a Tot School Tuesday post…


Today I will be showing you our Life Skills Jar! This learning activity can be manipulated for a child at almost any age; mine caters to my 5 year old.   This is a great activity for kids because it has them practice simple skills that they will need throughout life.

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Here are a few examples of life skills:

  • Practice brushing your teeth.
  • Wipe down the kitchen table after a meal.
  • Make your own lunch.
  • Bake something for a friend (with help from a parent depending on age).
  • Sweep the playroom floor.
  • Pull weeds in the garden.

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Are you ready to make a Life Skills Jar for your kiddos too? It’s so easy!

You’ll need: a jar, popsicle sticks, a marker, twine, a chalkboard label and chalk (both optional but fun), and a list of age-appropriate life skill tasks.

How to make the Life Skills Jar: Stick the chalkboard label on the front of the jar and write “Life Skills Jar” on it with chalk. Write life skill tasks on each popsicle stick. Put the sticks in the jar (task side down in the jar). Tie a piece of twine around the top of the jar to make it pretty. DONE!

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We use our Life Skills Jar as a part of our homeschool routine and it is separate from chores. There are lots of chores than can be considered life skills, but for the purpose of the negative tone the word “chores” has, we keep the two separate. In other words, the tasks my daughter has as chores (feed the pets, set the table, unload the dishwasher) are not repeated in the Life Skills Jar. And typically we use the Life Skills Jar 2-3 times a week, while chores are completed daily. Just have your kiddo pick out a popsicle stick, read the task, and complete it! Easy-peasy!

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There’s a great age-appropriate list of life skills HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Tot School Tuesday! Please be sure to link up your kid-friendly ideas, crafts, and activities below so we can check them out! And then head on over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas!

See you tomorrow for a fun sewing post!

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