How to Make Guessing Jars

Two Methods:Making the guessing jarsPlaying the guessing jar game

Guessing jars makes a really great party game for more than six people. Good for children and adults alike, the making is easy; there are no rules to remember; and you'll have lots of fun! Read this article to help you play the game and set it up.

Method 1
Making the guessing jars

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    Clean old jam jars. There's no limit to the jars you want to use! However, if you don't have the opportunity to recycle existing ones, you can buy some mason jars.
    • Decide how many jars you want for the guessing game. You may only want one (and that's fine), but keep the number of players in mind. If you have a few players, one would work, but if you have a lot, two or three may be better.
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    Buy sweets or small toys to place in the jars.
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    Fill the jar with the little trinkets mentioned in the earlier step.
    • Make sure you count how many items go into the jars! Write this down on a piece of paper and repeat for every jar you fill.
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    Prepare a sheet with a table for the child's name and their guess. Each child will guess how many trinkets are in the jar.

Method 2
Playing the guessing jar game

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    Put the jars on a table.
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    Let the kids guess how many are in the jar. Have them write down their guess alongside their name on the sheet.
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    See which child has the closest guess. Once the kids have all guessed, reveal the number.
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    Give the jar to the child which either guessed correctly or was closest.


  • It might be nice if the child shared the contents with other children, although this isn't necessary. This is why having more than one jar might be helpful, so that the kids feel it's fair. In this case, you will have to prepare a few more guess sheets or add a table for the extra jar, and number the jars.
  • The child guessing may look at other guesses instead of thinking of their own. To eliminate this proposition, you may want to hold the guessing sheet instead of the letting the children write the answer.


  • Beware of tears. A child may cry because he/she didn't win. This of course depends on the ages of the players, but if the children are younger, just be cautious.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean jars
  • Candies, toys, etc. to fill jars
  • Paper for sheets
  • Markers

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