The Key Jar

My parents babysat a few weeks ago and my Mum played a game with them that she had seen someone share on Facebook. It seemed like such a lovely idea I thought it would be nice to share here too. While this isn’t strictly a learning activity in the sense of something the kids would be doing at school, I think it lends itself well to creative thinking, PHSE and learning more about themselves and each other.

The idea was originally shared on Momastery and is the brainchild of Erin Waters and Momastery’s Glennon Dolye Melton who came up with 48 questions you can ask your children to inspire interesting and lively conversation. How often do you ask you children about their day at school only to be told it was “okay” or even worse that they “can’t remember”? Even as adults we are the same – we will respond to “how are you?” with “fine” when sometimes that couldn’t be further from the truth – we actually want to say “I’m feeling a bit down today as my kids haven’t been sleeping” or “today has been amazing and I don’t even know why!”. We value time spent alone with friends and loved ones to get some adult conversation, but sometimes we can have equally as inspiring conversations with our children if we just ask the right questions.

Asking questions shows our children that we are interested in them, in what they think about themselves, in their hopes and dreams and that we want to help them understand themselves  better too.  It is also a wonderful insight into the amazing minds of your brilliant little people. My children loved doing this – they saw it as a game but also relished the opportunity to talk about themselves for a bit (who doesn’t?!). We’ve always been the sort of family to have conversations that start with bizarre questions anyway but it does help to have some ideas, and of course the children love the idea of pulling a ‘key’ out of the jar. Once a few questions are asked the conversation tends to flow anyway but it’s a good starter. The Key Jar provides a very simple way of doing that

The instructions are very simple:

  1. Click here to download the jar kit and the questions.
  2. Print the questions and cut them apart.
  3. Place the questions in a jar like this, and keep that jar handy
  4. Watch the nothings become everythings.

There are two sets of questions so that you can keep going when the first set run out. If you want to take them with you on car journeys, holiday or just day to day, you can just pop them in a sandwich bag for easy storage.

 

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  1. I am one of the grandparents and on arriving to babysit this evening was immediately asked ,”did you bring the questions?”. Definitely inspire thought and conversation.

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  2. I think this is a lovely idea. And really look forward to doing it with mine when they are a tiny bit older (tried with the almost three year old. I asked him ‘what is your favourite thing about you?’ And he said, after much thought ‘the ball pool’.

    Just wanted to say, in a slightly pedantic way, that I think it is an educational activity and is something I used to do with classes when I was teaching secondary school English. Worked really well in terms of growing confidence and helping speaking and listening skills.

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