Need a parent sanity saver? Make a GET ALONG jar!

Updated: Sep 23, 2018

Every parent experiences 'one of those days' at some stage - the kids just can't seem to get along, or are simply just bored. 

Sometimes it's hard to come up with an idea on the spot to entertain (distract) those little minds, which is where a Get Along jar can be your new BFF!

A Get Along jar is super easy to make

When you have time one day just sit down and write out some suggestions of things to do / or ways for your siblings to get along.  Even if it's just 1 minute of them being nice to each other at least it stopped the fighting and detracted from the situation...winning already!

When trouble starts to stir or boredom rears its ugly head just whip out your jar of pre-made ideas and let the fun begin!

Ahhh....you're probably sitting here thinking 'What on earth are some ideas for my Get Along jar?'  Never fear...below are some of the options that we've used in ours (obviously you can tailor to suit your own children's likes or if you have an only child etc.)


Get Along jar suggestions:

  • Play Simon Says with your sibling.  Each person gets to be Simon for 3 minutes.

  • Make your siblings (or parents) bed.

  • Give your sibling a hug for 1 minute.  If either of you let go the timer goes back to the start.

  • Make up a play together to perform for the family.

  • Do 10 sit ups, 10 star jumps and 5 push ups together.

  • Sit down and draw a picture of each other.

  • Get each other a glass of water and then sit outside to drink it.

  • Clean a window / sliding door together (one person on each side).

  • Sing (and do the actions) to Ring-a-ring-a-rosie together 5 times.

  • Do 10 running laps around the back yard.

  • Play 4 rounds of hide and seek together.

  • Tell each other a story featuring your sister/brother.  

  • Turn on music and dance together for 5 minutes.

  • Do a kind deed together for someone else.

  • Go outside and make a fairy garden together.

  • Teach each other a 3 minute exercise routine.

  • Build a block tower together.  If you fight you need to start from the beginning.

  • Get your sister/brother a snack and a drink.

  • Hug each other while singing the alphabet.

  • Say 3 nice things about the other person.

  • Get your parent to take you for a walk around the block.

  • Sit in chairs facing each other and see who blinks first.  

  • Go outside and pull weeds together for 5 minutes.

Depending on moods at the time there may be some grumbling...but it's worth a shot! 


We'd love to hear your suggestions to add to the Get Along jar! Please let us know :) 


Kids Play SA writer: Brooke Hendry

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