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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saint Themed Guessing Jars {Free printable labels and more!}


It took several days of brainstorming, but I finally came up with a new table game for our All Saints day party - Saint themed guessing jars!
My first thought was to make a guessing jar that had "3 Musketeers" in it and call it a "Holy Trinity Guessing Jar".  Then I (with my husband's help) tried to think of all kinds of candies and crackers that could be a symbol or have a meaning that centered around a saint. We came up with several - some are not included here, but maybe I can add them to a future post. 
Basically, these jars are filled with candy or crackers that have a saint theme. The kids (and adults) can guess how many candies or crackers are in the jar. The person with the closest guess wins the jar! It's simple saint inspired fun!

These could be fun for any Catholic event, like youth groups or a CCD/RE class. 

Our jar ideas included:


The Holy Trinity Guessing Jar
In my opinion I think this is the tastiest jar listed here!
To symbolize our 3 in 1 God,  I put 3 musketeers mini bars in this jar.

St. Nicholas (Candy or Money)
A jar for St. Nicholas could be filled with candy coins, but they can be hard to find so you may prefer to put Christmas mints in the jar. ~OR~  If you are doing this with older kids, teens, or adults you may like to add pennies, nickels and dimes to the jar and have them guess the dollar amount.
Choose the correct label below.
This jar would be great for a Christmas party!


St. Francis Guessing Jar
The jar for St. Francis could be filled with animal crackers.


St. Peter Guessing Jar
St. Peter's jar could be filled with fish crackers of Swedish fish!


St. Isidore Guessing Jar
St. Isidore could have a few different candies in his jar.
Pumpkin candies, Runts, fruit flavored candy, or any produce themed candy will work! Personally I like Runts, but I didn't have any so I used some cute Raspberry gumdrops!


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Guessing Jar
Yes, I know that Carmel and caramel are not the same thing, but they sound much the same and they tend to wear the same color! ;-) So in this jar I added caramels. You can use several different varieties of caramel candy: Rolos, caramel creams (like ours), or plain caramel squares. 

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Guessing Jar
This jar was filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins.


Doctors of the Church Guessing Jar
In honor of all the Church Doctors, I filled this jar with Smarties - because the Doctors are known for being so smart about God and the faith!


St. Andrew Guessing Jar
For St. Andrew I added those fun waffle pretzels because they look like fishing nets! You could add Chex mix, too, since Chex can look like fishing nets also!


St. Thomas Aquinas Guessing Jar
Because St. Thomas Aquinas was called the "dumb ox" in his youth, I added Dum-Dums to this jar.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Guessing Jar
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton started a school for girls in Maryland in the early 1800's so letter cookies seemed to be appropriate for her jar!


St. Catherine of Alexandria Guessing Jar
St. Catherine was condemned to death on the spiked wheel, but, at her touch, the wheel was miraculously destroyed (although later she was martyred by beheading). Those little wheel pretzels seemed appropriate for her jar. 


Below are the PDF files which include the labels for these jars.
There are 2 PDF files. Each one includes six different labels. 
 
NOTE: The St. Nicholas money guessing label is only available in the image at the top of this post. It is not included in the PDF files.

How I created these jars:
After Jon (my husband) and I made our list of saint themed candies and crackers, I started cleaning out used peanut butter jars (We eat a lot of peanut butter at our house!).  I saved the jars for when I would need them. If you want you can buy some jars at the dollar store, Walmart, etc. Next, I created the labels for the jars. (Those labels are free to print above.) 
When I put these jars together for the party, I first added as many of the candies or crackers to the jars as I could (without cracking or breaking them). I counted them as I added them. For larger amounts of candies/crackers I filled the jar then dumped it out onto a clean surface and separated them into groups of ten. Then after I counted them I put them all back into the jar. Each time I finished counting the contents for a jar I wrote the number down on a slip of SUPER SECRET paper so I would remember the number. After I added all the food to the jars, I closed the lid and I used clear shipping tape to attach the labels to the jars. I also added a few strips of tape around the lid, too. (Just to be safe.)

 I made one sheet for each of the jars so our guests could write down their name and guess. 
Our printable guessing sheet is available HERE:
Just write the name of the saint themed jar at the top so you know what jar belongs to that particular page.

Any one want to guess how many candies or crackers are in these jars?
Sorry, but if you guess correctly, I'm not mailing the jar to you.
You will just have the privilege of saying you got it right! :-)

God bless!
~Jennifer 


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17 comments:

  1. I don't even know what to say...maybe, this is SUPER FANTASTIC!!

    PS - I tried to use the fun emoticons, but I just can't figure it out. I am so inept. lol

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    1. Thank you Hand-Maid, And please don't call yourself inept! We all have different strong points, besides those emoticons can be a bit tricky.... Just type the "code" for the one you want. It will show you the code if you click on the picture. The biggest thing I forget is to put a space before and after the "code". So if you want a smiley it's : - ) - but with out the spaces in between, just a space before and after :-) I'm not sure that helped, but I hope it did. I think the little pics are lots of fun! (3) God bless!

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    2. Thank you again, Jennifer...these guessing jars were a huge success at our All Saints party. (h)

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    3. Oh how wonderful!!!! Thank you, God! (g)

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  2. This is such a cute idea! Thank you for the awesome labels :).They would be so cute for our parish All Hallows Eve party!

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment, JenZ! Hope you have a great party! :-)

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  3. I happened to run across the link to this post and just love this idea! I am definitely going to have to put together some sort of variation for our annual All Hallows' Eve/All Saints' Party which we host at our home. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica. Hope your party goes well. Our All Saints' Day party was last Sunday at our house. The guessing jars were lots of fun! :-) God Bless!

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  4. (8) What fun!!! Thanks for sharing! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. Hi Patsy, I'm glad to meet you! (9) Thanks for all the kind comments you left here on the blog! The artwork you create is beautiful. I'll have to stop by and do a little more looking later. God Bless!

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  5. Hi Jennifer, your super creative idea came in just in time! I saw it yesterday afternoon, ran to the dollar store for supplies, printed off your tags and had it ready for this morning's class! It was a huge hit! Thank you!! I did end up using gummy worms for St. Peter because the dollar store did not have goldfish crackers and I didn't want to make another stop! Blessings to you!

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    1. Hi Noreen! I'm happy to hear the kids enjoyed it! (8) I was surprised how hard the fish were to find, too! I looked at our local Dollar Store first, but I didn't find any there ether. Gummy worms are a cute thought! (3) Take care and God bless!

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  6. Thanks so much for the ideas!

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  7. I love this idea. I think it would be a great idea to place jars on a table in the vestibule and have parishioners even guess them a week before All Saints day. Not only would they be glad to win the prize but it would cause them to take a moment to think about the saints and perhaps catechize the parents as well. It might even get the families talking about saints.

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  8. this is awesome. I am going to use them in my classroom for Math and estimation. LOVE!

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  9. We made seven of the guessing jars for our All Saints Day party. We received a great response and two party goers guessed the number exactly! They really enjoyed this game and we surprised to hear the winners' guesses. We put the jars in a circle in the middle of a round table so the mason jars would not be handled and it also gave more room for the guests to make their guesses. I also taped down the lids with heavy duty clear packing tape. I put the contents into food grade party bags so I can keep the jars for next year.

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  10. I love this idea! I will definitely be using this at the end of the year

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