Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Activity 3: Penny Jar

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A large clear glass jar with a securely fitting lid
  • A few pennies
  • Permanent marker, or paper, markers and tape to label the penny jar

Preparation for Activity

  • Label the jar, Penny Jar: Our Gift of Stewardship
  • Place a few pennies in the jar.

Description of Activity

Show the children the penny jar and tell them it will be in the Wonderful Welcome meeting room for the rest of the program. Say, in your own words:

From now on, you can make donations when you first come in. When the jar is filled (or when the program ends - whichever comes first), we will donate the money we have collected to the congregation as a gift from the entire Wonderful Welcome group. This is one way we can share the gift of stewardship.

Encourage the children to keep pennies they find, earn, or are given. Make sure they understand that no contribution is too small and when all the pennies are together they will add up. Do not assume children get an allowance at this age. It can be assumed that they have some access to coins through their caregivers, or by finding them.