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Make kindness jars

First suggested by The British Red Cross
Make a kindness jar to show someone how much you care about them.

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You’ll need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Sticky tape
  • Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
  • Clean glass jars with lids (enough for one per person)
  • Things to fill kindness jars
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paint brushes (optional)

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.

Planning this activity

  • Ask everyone to bring in a clean empty jar with a lid from home. You may want to bring some spares in case anyone forgets or is unable to bring one.
  • You should aim to put in things that you can make at Scouts, such as things that are paper based (such as drawings, poems and letters), but remind people they could put in more items into their jar at home.

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Running this activity

  1. Gather everyone in a circle and explain that you’re going to make kindness jars.
  2. Everyone should get their jars ready. Make sure the jar is empty and clean, and remove any labels.
  3. Everyone should decide who they are making a kindness jar for. It could be a family member, friend, teacher, or neighbour. What memories do you share? How do you want them to feel when they open the jar? Be creative with your kindness - you could write a poem or letter or create a picture.
  4. Everyone should fill their kindness jar. Try putting in jokes, pictures, drawings, letters, or anything else you can think of. You should aim to put in things that you can make at Scouts, but you could put in more items at home.
  5. Now, decorate the kindness jar. You could draw pictures to stick on the outside or paint the jars and let them dry.
  6. At home, people could add in some objects they might like, photos of you both together, their favourite snack, or even put in some wrapped homemade biscuits.


This activity was about improving the wellbeing of the people around us, and helping your community by doing kind things for other people. This activity made you think about what makes another person happy, and how we can remind of how much they mean to us with a simple act of kindness.

Story time

  • What is your favourite thing to wear?
  • How could you help someone enjoy something that you enjoy?

Kindness in a jar

  • What does kindness mean to you?
  • How does it feel to be kind?
  • How can you show your kindness?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Some people may need support to write messages for their jars.

Offer lots of different ideas for putting in the jars and decorating, so there is something suitable for everyone.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Help everyone to give their jars to the person it was made for.

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Encourage everyone to think about who their jar is for and choose things personal to the recipient.