I am the grandmother of three wonderful children, ages 5, 3 and 1 (as of summer, 2015). When I made the first Story Jar for my oldest granddaughter, she was 2. It became an eagerly anticipated bedtime ritual.
We always start with her picking one item from the jar and “Once Upon a Time”… which sets the mood for the story. She immediately calms down and takes her place with me in the bed or big chair. After the first few times, she enthusiastically chimed in “there was a bee-yoo-ti-ful Princess named Emma”…. and off we went. We visited magical forests and flew over the ocean. We swam with the whales and rode elephants across the desert. There was nothing we couldn’t do and nowhere we couldn’t go and her participation made the adventure so much more fun and exciting. Her favorite item was a miniature flashlight that we used to search for many magical things in forests or under the sea.
When her little brother turned 2, he also became a big fan of the jar and we expect the baby to do so in turn.
The response was amazing. The kids love it, the parents love it and it’s something the young ones will remember and look forward to. And someday, they can pass it along to their kids and grandkids. A genuine family legacy.