Collection Jars

Activity Objective

To create collection jars for spare change

Lesson Outcome

The?young people?will understand that we can follow Jesus' instructions to feed the poor.


  • Old glass jars (baby food or jam), with tops
  • Lots of magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Explain to the?young people?that God urges us to share and take care of the less fortunate. Remind them of the story of the loaves and fishes.
  • Divide the class into small groups of three or four.
  • Pass out magazines and scissors to every group. There should be one pair of scissors per child and an assortment of magazines per group.
  • Instruct the?young people?to cut out pictures of food or of people getting together over a meal.
  • Tell the?young people?to glue the pictures to the jars, completely covering the glass. The pictures should overlap and create a collage design.
  • Ask the?young people?to take the jars home and place any change from their pockets into the jars each day. At the end of the week (or other specified length of time) collect the jars and donate the money raised to a local food pantry.
  • Explain to the?young people?that they are spreading the word of God in this way, and that they are following the Acts of Mercy instruction to feed the poor.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes


Have the?young people?bring a jar from home.

Bring a few extra jars in case any?young people?forget to bring theirs.

Encourage the?young people?to keep the tops on the jars so they don't lose the money.


Do not compare how much the?young people?bring in. This is not a contest but a way of encouraging the?young people?to share.