The kids loved the clay pots with the stick candy. The funny thing was they didn't know what the candy was. I told them the flavors and that it was just candy. Then they asked, "Yeah, but what is it?" We forget that young children haven't seen it all! Most of them had never had stick candy before. Well they pretty much cleaned me out so I will have to get more!
Cheryl I was just going to use 'Kids devour books' and make candy corn shapes out of construction paper and maybe have a few with bites taken out of them. Maybe have the letters for B O O K S on them. I have a few clay pots and the paint and will get them painted today. Thanks for the info on the stick candy. I had been looking out for it since you showed us the idea last year but had not seen any. I will try to get out to Cracker Barrel this week.
I was thinking of those clay pots you painted to look like candy corn. You should put some picture of those up on your site. Where did you find the stick candy to go in them as I haven's seen any around anywhere?
Cheryl I think Sherri does a separate jar for adults and kids, that would be too hard for me. She also gives a gift certificate to Lifeway to the winners which is such a nice idea. So far I have a pasteboard box that is shaped and printed like a treasure box and I have lots of 'stuff' in it. The winners love to go through it to pick something out.
Sometimes I use things from the resource room like rubber bands, beads, foam letters etc. for the jar. Sometimes I buy things when I see them on sale or clearance like the bday candles. Maybe we can start an exchange at our meetings for things like the candles, which I will never be able to actually use. Then once someone uses them in their counting jar they can bring them back to a meeting and someone else use them. I am going to try to make small wool felt balls and use next month to support VBS since the theme is Australia and they have so many sheep there. Another month I am going to borrow my mother's buttons from her sewing kit and use those for our counting jar.
Cheryl, I have a counting jar for the children to guess the amount each month. Sherri told us about this from her library. The children really love this and can't wait to see who has won from the last month and what will be in the jar each month. This month it has birthday candles though this is not really a theme. My door this month has flowers and a picket fence and says 'Grow Shine Bloom, Read'. So you can see the two are not related but that is something for me to consider for the future. It is really hard sometimes to come up with things for the counting jar that are affordable and countable at the end of the month!