As we are now in 2016 I have been seeing lots of posts come through about recording the little moments in life that are special. Something which can be difficult to do when life is hectic and you are busy working. I try and write in a journal each night, although this did slip towards the end of last year. However I now have a lovely crisp new looking one which has motivated me to make time to write in it each night. Although my writing will be all through my eyes, a story which I am telling to Monkey and his soon to be little brother.

But what about Monkey? For a while we did keep a journal here, which specifically related to something we had done and the best bits of the day for him. However it was a lot to keep up, working four days a week it was becoming difficult to get detail from him about what he got up to at nursery. I am sure we have all been there! ‘what did you do at nursery today’ response ‘nothing’, ‘who did you play with today?’ response no-one. Now I know he doesn’t go to a nursery where this is the case they are often outside playing in the mud, building things, outside painting and generally being messy and having a whale of a time. But how do I capture it? More importantly how do I motivate a 3.5 year old to think about the thing which has happened today which he enjoyed the most?

When I started I wasn’t entirely sure, but all I know is that I wanted to try and create a jar of these little memories and activities which he has enjoyed throughout the year. After all he sees things very differently to me. So 10 days in how are we getting on?

Children's Memory Jar

Instead of using paper or card I chose lolly sticks and a sharpie. As he gets older then he will be able to write his own. I did get the normal comments – don’t know/nothing etc initially but it seems to be able to help if I can select a few things for him to choose from, he generally initially chooses one and then starts to talk about it. Sometimes we end up with something completely different. I hadn’t thought that it would lead to in-depth conversations about his days too so thats a real bonus. As it only takes a short while I hope to be able to keep it up throughout the year.

He also enjoys helping me to write them so we are getting some fine motor and writing practice in to boot.


Some of the ones we have ended up with so far are:

  • Playing with Auntie Tracey
  • Eating takeaway curry and helping Daddy put the units together
  • Playing firemans with Teddy outside
  • Spending time with Liz and & making the plate
  • Painting my hands in the lodge

I try to write the comments he says them without correcting any grammar or substituting words.


How do you record your child’s best memories?


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  2. DomesticatedMomster

    Ok hope this message isn’t repeating…something happened and my message isn’t here. This is a wonderful idea Clare…I ask my kids the highs and lows of their days but they never seem enthused. Maybe I need to be more creative with it. With 3 of them a year apart from one another the time is moving too fast. Thanks for linking with #momsterslink. ?Trista

  3. How cute is this idea?! It’d be fun to tuck the jar away once full and pull them out on their graduation day. Just popping over from #momsterslink

  4. This is a really nice idea, I often struggle with getting my twins to tell me anything (they are also 3.5), so might have to give this one a try xx

  5. acornishmum

    Love this! What a great way to get him talking more about his day as well!!

    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix

    Stevie x x

  6. dotmakes4

    What a lovely idea and great in years to come too. I will have to try this!
    Laura xx

  7. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  8. A lovely idea, and a great way to record things. Ours are all recorded via my blog and You Tube now and I love Instagram for remembering little things.

  9. I LOVE this idea – we’re always asking Tyler how his day was, and usually get nothing. But the few times he does say something, it would be perfect to write down. And I love the jar too, so stylish 🙂
    xx #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  10. Lukeosaurus And Me

    What a wonderful keepsake! I will pin this for later, Luke is 2.5yrs so not really explaining anything about his day, but I’d love to do one for 2017! Ray xx #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  11. Adventures of Adam

    What a wonderful keepsake to keep for years to come too.

  12. Sara Handy Herbs

    This is such a lovely idea! Using lollipop sticks was very creative of you 🙂 #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  13. lambandbear

    I love this idea! And I love the lollipop sticks! I don’t document anything, I’m so bad at stuff like that. I suppose my blog is my memories x

  14. thesingleswan

    This is a wonderful idea. I really love it. My little one is only 16 months old at the moment so I don’t get words from him yet, but this is such a great idea to actually start a conversation and make recounting the day fun and worthwhile. Thanks. One for my memory bank for when my little one is old enough. #AnythingGoes

  15. To Arizona......and beyond

    I love the lolly stick idea, makes it more fun than paper!

  16. Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)

    This is so lovely – since blogging it is on my blog – I take a photo a day and note special memories to go with it. It covers all my four children in one hit! Kaz x

  17. I like this idea, I’ve seen quiet a lot of these type of things but none really caught me this does though as it engages the child and doesn’t take a long time because my man is gone in 60secs kinda boy lol. What we do do since his 3 bday,he’s now 5 is ask him the same twenty questions and record and I’ve all the answers from each year written down. It’s coming together really well now and it’s really sweet to look back on. Another thing I do for myself and in time my kids will be able to read back on is my happy thoughts book. I attended a how to happy seminar last year at at it it suggested writing things to be happy about and at times of low to take it out and read it. I must it’s worked and I’ll continue it this year. X

  18. freddieandi

    What a brilliant idea. I will definitely start doing this with Freddie. He’s only 9 months but I will keep track of all the wonderful things he is doing so he can look at them when he’s older x

  19. Ana De-Jesus

    What a lovely post. I don’t have kids but if I did I would create a memory jar.

  20. This is such a cute idea, something you can look back on and cherish x

  21. I do not have any kids, but i think this is a great idea to keep memory jar. I am thinking of keeping one for myself, like monthly gratitudes.

  22. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy)

    I love this huni! I have a little notebook and have dedicated a page per month. I write down all the lovely things/experiences that we have had x

  23. MummyTravels

    We did a memory jar last summer from one of our days out which was fun – I’m wondering about scrapbooks for our trips this year as they’re easier to keep but this is great for a year’s worth of memories.

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