{Primary} CTR Jar

Last week I was thinking about this year’s Primary Theme: Choose the Right, and what I could come up with to help the children ‘choose the right’ all year long. Last year I shared these Scripture Journals that the children could use to write down things they learned and to glue in the Scripture Hero cards that they received each month. This year I came up with something that I’m calling the CTR Jar.

LDS Primary CTR Jar

If you haven’t heard, each monthย The Friend will have a CTR Challenge card that will include different ways that the children can ‘choose the right’ during the month. I have heard of many Wards incorporating this challenge into their Primary. Here is a peek at the January CTR Challenge card:

CTR Challenge Card

I thought it would be fun to use both the CTR Challenge cards and my CTR Jar to help the children choose the right this year. This Sunday, show the children the jar and pass out the Challenge cards. Then tell the children that each week they will have the opportunity to write down something that they did to ‘Choose the Right’. Then they will fold the card in half and place it in the jar.

If each week is too tough, then pick a CTR Sunday and have that be the day that everyone writes down something that they did to Choose the Right. You could even send a pack of cards home with each child and have them bring them back each Sunday.

CTR Challenge Ideas

There are so many different ways you could use the CTR Jar, those are just a few that I had. I know everyone is busy getting things ready for Sunday, so to help make things a little easier for you, I went ahead and created some Jar Labels as well as some CTR Jar cards! I am loving how the turned out, and am thinking we might use this at home.



Let’s talk a little bit about the jar. You will want a large jar, so you can fill it up with lots of cards. I found mine at Target, but I’m sure you can find a jar anywhere. You could eveย use the large plastic containers, that way if it accidentally falls you won’t have a broken jar to worry about.

Once you have your jar picked out, you will want to print out my jar label and cards.ย I didn’t want to mess with a glue stick, and having the label come off after a week, so I printed my label onto white sticker paper (like these: 8.5″ X 11″ shipping label).

2017 Primary CTR Ideas

It printed out great, and it adhered to my jar great! My jar is kind of big, so I chose the larger label, but I have included smaller labels as well. I also included some labels with a little white space at the bottom for you to write your Ward’s name or the year.

I then created some CTR Jar cards that the children could use to write down what they did. I wanted the cards to match the label, I think they turned out great!

CTR Ideas for Primary

I created a set of cards with lines, and a set without lines. I printed mine onto plain ol’ paper and it printed great.

Once you have everything printed and cut, you’re good to go! Wouldn’t this make such a great gift to send to President Monson on his birthday or as a Christmas gift for your Bishop. You could pair the jar full of cards with some Hi-Chew candy or some Bubble Gum. Then have a card that says something about the Primary Children ‘Chewsing the Right’ in 2017. I don’t know….something like that…I’m just thinking out loud here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Primary 2017

What do you think of my CTR Jar? Would you like to use it in your Primary this year? Just use the link below to print out the printables to create your very own.


Click HERE to print my CTR Jar Labels & Cards!


I hope you enjoy my CTR Jar and the printables I have shared. I would love to hear if you use them, and what you are doing this year to help the children Choose the Right, so leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! โ™ฅ


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  1. Sarah

    Awesome idea! We are going to have a CTR Sunday where the kids will take a little time in class to fill these in (presidency will hep teachers with the littles). Then at the end of the year taking off on your idea the kids will wrap them up and take them to the Branch President for a gift/have a presentation for him. Awesome! Thank you!

  2. Tiffany

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We’re doing something with a CTR jar as well, similar but different to you and I needed to make something. I’m so glad I found your website!! I also just used your Priesthood preview invite and instructions. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing ideas!! Know you are appreciated!!

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Tiffany. I’m glad you found my Priesthood Preview invites, and were able to use them.

  3. Jill Ivey

    Love this! Thanks for sharing your time and talents!

    1. You are so welcome, Jill. Thanks for the comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. laura

    I love this idea and am going to use it….i thought about setting up a station with the jar and the cards in the primary room for kids to fill out when they come in but that would be too time consuming and disruptive….

    1. I am glad to hear that you are going to use the CTR Jar idea. I don’t know how I would do it, maybe give cards to the teachers and let them ask or just have the children come back after church to fill out a card. Just a couple ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Brooke Wilson

    Thank you so much! I was needing an idea like this. I am excited to see the primary Children choosing the right!
    All that you do and share with us are always amazing!! Happy New Year! xoxo

    1. Thanks, Brooke. I thought a CTR Jar would be fun, but would help encourage the children. Glad you like the idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Heidi

    LOVE this! I was trying to think of a fun way to incorporate the CTR theme throughout the year and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Heidi! I’m glad to hear that you like the idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Becci

    We did a cookie jar last year with hand sewn cookies ( made by an amazing sister in the ward family) as an invite/incentive to be reverent. When the jar was finally full we had a party. I was asked last week if we were doing it again by one of the primary kids and I said we would try to find something a bit different. This is perfect!thankyou!!!!

    1. Love that idea! What a sweet sister, and I’m sure the children loved the cookies. I’m so happy to hear that you will be using the CTR Jar. I hope the children enjoy it.

  8. Nancy

    Thank you so very MUCH! I’m beyond excited to show this to our kids. . I’m sure they are going to love it. Our branch is really small (5 – 7 kids) and I need to do a little extra activities to motive our children. Your have no idea how much you have helped all this time. And, yes!!! You are truly appreciated! Thank YOU!! xoxo ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Nancy, for you wonderfully sweet comment. I am so happy to hear that you will be using the CTR Jar. I hope the children enjoy it as well.

  9. Emilce Riquelme

    Fantastic Idea….I was thinking that it can even be used as a way to help keep the Christmas Spirit all year round, as we make it our child’s gift to the Saviour on Christmas day and we all as a family read the things that child has done right. Or even make it a family event and we all have a CTR jar to give our Saviour!

    1. I was thinking of doing a CTR jar for our family. It would be such a great way to remember the Savior through the year and a perfect gift for the Savior for Christmas. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Vea Manumaleuna

    Absolutely love this!! Thank you so much!!!

  11. Mary

    Thank you so much! Your blog is wonderful and you are so talented!
    We are doing your CTR Jar idea this year in our primary in Orlando! =)

    1. Thank you, Mary! I hope the children enjoy the CTR Jar and fill it up fast.
      I have wonderful memories of Christmas at Disney World, and visiting my great Aunt in Clearwater, FL. ?

  12. Sarah

    Hi! Love this idea. Is there any way to print it out without the yellow background? It takes up a lot of ink!

    1. Hi Sarah. I’m not sure what yellow background you are seeing. Do you mean the striped background? Let me know and I can help you out. ?

      1. Sarah

        Thanks for responding. :o) Just called as Primary prez last week and am scrambling to get some new ideas in place. Your website is a goldmine!! Anyway, when I click on the link to print everything, instead of the graphics on a bright white background it is a pale yellow. It prints almost the entire page yellow with graphics on top.

        1. That is so strange. Sometimes I wonder what the heck this ‘tech stuff’ does. Glad we got it figured out.?

  13. Tua

    THANK YOU SHEENA! Always grateful for your shared ideas. You have helped me so much these past 6 months since being called to the Primary Presidency. I just wanted to share with you how I plan on using your CTR Jar cards and labels. We have an extra “portable” bulletin board in our primary room and the children are going to fill out the CTR cards and pin them up on the board throughout the year. This way the children can see their choices and possibly use others’ choices as inspiration all year. We will then put all the cards in a jar at the end of the year and give them to our Bishop for Christmas. THANK YOU!!! Sending love and appreciation from Nashville, Tennessee…

    1. Thank you Tua! I LOVE the idea of putting them on the bulletin board for everyone to see. My in-laws passed through Nashville a few months ago, and attended a Ward’s Primary Program there, and loved it. Maybe one day I’ll make it over that way and will get to give you a big hug in person for your sweet comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is SO great! I am using it in my primary lesson tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing such a fun and free idea to help all of us to choose the right.

    1. Thank you, Brittany. I’m so glad you liked the CTR Jar idea and used it. I hope the children enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚