Word Collection Jars

Affiliate Links Our word collection started when JJ’s teacher read aloud Donavan’s Word Jar to her class. JJ wanted to start a word collection jar at home. Of course, I was happy to oblige!

Then, when Rachelle of TinkerLab challenged me to blog about using old magazines, I thought word collections would be the perfect fit. Here’s how we made word jars and met Rachelle’s challenge.

word collection jars for learning new words and saving favorites

Find a Jar

We found jars and labeled them. One of these days, we may get more fancy and decorate the jars but we wanted to get right to our collecting so we left that until later.


Find Words for the Word Collection

We began with old magazines. We looked for interesting words to cut out and keep in the word jars.

Picture Books
We found many wonderful, juicy words in the picture books we read. For example, King Hugo’s Huge Ego gave us about twenty words for our jar! JJ wrote down these words on slips of paper and added them to her collection.

Chapter Books
I love to read with sticky notes to jot down favorite words. These words can be looked up in the dictionary and add to your word collection, too.

vocabulary word collection

Word Play Activities

Visit Play with Your Words, Kids! for fun word play ideas.

Our Favorite Word-Loving Books

Max's Words
Max’s Words

The Boy who Loved Words
The Boy Who Loved Words

Donovan's Word Jar
Donavan’s Word Jar

13 Words
13 Words (
my review here)

Carmine A Little More Red 

z is for moose
Z is for Moose

Make Your Own Parts of Speech Books

Use your cut-out words and make your own parts of speech books.

Word Collections

books about words

Coming Soon: Use Your Words for Art Journaling

Creative Challenge Blog Hop: Magazines

Tinkerlab Creative Challenge

Other creative bloggers participating in this challenge are:

Child Central Station , kids in the studioTeach MamaThe Imagination TreeChildhood101Teach Preschoolhands on as we growArtful ParentPaint Cut PasteA Mom With A Lesson PlanToddler ApprovedKiwi CrateArt 4 Little Hands,  Red Ted ArtThe Chocolate Muffin Tree,  Imagination SoupMichelles Charm WorldMessy PreschoolersTinker LabMommy LabsPutti PrapanchaSun Hats & Wellie Boots

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  1. says

    I ADORE this idea! Big M has flown through his sight words at school and I have been thinking of other ways to encourage new words. I just put Donavan’s word jar on hold at the library and we will be busy making these word jars as soon as it comes in. Thank you, thank you!!!

  2. says

    Love this idea! I’m always excited about presenting words and reading/writing ideas in a creative and playful manner!

    We too played around with word cuttings and then collaging in today’s challenge :)

  3. Suzanne says

    This will be a fun addition to magnets I have on the fridge that depict emotions. I feel _____ silly, made, happy. Word jars could expand those thoughts in fun ways.

  4. says

    Fun! I was going to write about how my teenage daughter made found poetry from her word collection, but I see you already have a link to something similar. Great minds…

    Here it is anyway: http://patriciazaballos.com/how-we-homeschool/ (It’s a post on homeschooling, but you can read about my daughter’s found poetry towards the bottom.)

    When I’ve worked with teen writers, I’ve found that they love collecting words. We always did it in journals, but I bet they’d like the jar idea too.

  5. says

    Max’s Words is such a perfect book to read if you do a word collection! What fun! Love it!!!

    I like the idea of journals too. We tried the magnetic words but now our fridge is stainless steel so it doesn’t stick. My kids, though, didn’t really use the magnetic word poetry set. Maybe for older kids??

    • says

      I think it depends on the kid – we have these magnetic words and phrases that are different colors for subject / predicate and JJ plays and reads them all the time. AJ has never shown the slightest interest in them. Go figure.

  6. says

    Love this idea. I am pinning it to do when my son can read a little better. Wish I had thought of this idea when I was teaching. This would’ve been so fun to have done with my students!

    I haven’t read Max’s Words yet, so I will have to add it to our “must read” list!

  7. says

    Loving this idea!
    I recently printed out some sheets of letters and numbers for my four year old to cut and paste with. He has just become letter and word crazy and he would love this idea too!

    • says

      well adding paste to anything is fun – that and tape. My daughter got hold of the duct tape and went crazy in her bedroom with duct tape and scissors. It will stay forever until I repaint. LOL. Maybe a word collage with his words and paste? :)

  8. Kim says

    This goes right along with the magnetic board made from a oil change pan. I think my second graders would love collecting words while we read Donovan’s. Then we could make parts of speech books shaped like jars and also play with phrases with magnetic words on this oil pan mounted on the wall. Many active ideas using words – Such FUN!


  1. […] Make a word collection notebook, jar, or box. I like the notebook because kids (and I) can alphabetize our words – one letter per page.  Start by reading poetry books and look for enticing, enchanting and engaging words. Copy into your word notebook.  Go through old magazines and find wondrous words to cut and paste into the notebook, too. […]

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