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DIY Calming Jar

DIY Calming Jar

Looking for an alternative to time-outs in your home? Have your child create this simple calming jar using fun and bright glitter colors. This craft is a delight because it allows your child to use their fine motor skills with squeezing glitter tubes, pouring water, and twisting the cap. And the end result is a personalized jar that your child can turn to when they need a little quiet time or redirection as they watch the glitter float to the bottom.

How We Did It

DIY Calming Jar
Set out materials for your child to see on the table. Squeeze about half a tube of glitter glue into the jar.
DIY Calming Jar
Select another glitter glue color and squeeze half a tube into the jar. Your child will love watching the different colors. And squeezing is so much fun!
DIY Calming Jar

Pour very warm water (almost hot, so the glitter glue doesn't clump up) into the jar. A small 8-ounce measuring cup with a handle is perfect for small hands to pour with minimal mess. (Note: If your water is not hot enough, it may take a day for the glitter glue clumps to disappear.)

DIY Calming Jar

Pour (or shake) glitter into the jar. This glitter gives the calming jar a nice sparkle. My daughter, ever the glitter love, enjoyed shaking and tapping all of the glitter into the jar.

DIY Calming Jar

Twist on the cap. Assist your child with an extra tight twist. Then let your child shake the jar to let the ingredients mix up. This calming jar sits on my daughter's art table next to her bed. She knows she can grab it at anytime to shake out her frustrations and then calmly watch the glitter fall whiles she take a quiet moment to sit, relax, and breathe.

Keywords

sensory presents

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Are you serious?

posted by: Dave on 9.5.2014

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My sisters and I did this as kids, we used old yahoo bottles and added crayon shavings too (but without glitter glue). I am pretty sure that at least one of them is still at my mom's house somewhere. May be time to try it with my kids.

posted by: Karyl on 7.25.2014

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cannot print all the instructions , only prints first page?????

posted by: Ruthanne on 2.23.2014

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same here:(

posted by: Mae on 6.1.2014

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar. We used a water bottle instead of a mason jar. Worked great for a 4 year old!

posted by: Melissa on 11.25.2013

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awesome

posted by: mariana on 10.12.2013

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love this idea! going to make one for my nephew but include some figurines and shaped sequins that I have from Michaels to it :)

posted by: Meagan on 8.12.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar.

posted by: Sheena on 8.11.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar.

posted by: Trinity on 7.30.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar.

posted by: Catherine on 7.18.2013

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Sweet, at my age I need this :)

posted by: Sensai on 7.8.2013

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i think this is reallybawesome for little kids so you can make it your self and give it to the little kids

posted by: trista on 5.19.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar.

posted by: cecilia on 3.23.2013

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My boys ages 5 and 9 enjoyed this craft and love their jars!

posted by: Alison on 3.5.2013

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I would add lavender oil so every time you shake the jar, the scent would be calming!

posted by: Siena on 11.14.2012

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If the jar is closed, how would the scent get out?

posted by: Valerie on 1.5.2013

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar. We still had clumping issues so I may need to try varying the temperature and glitter glue. The kids had fun, and that's what really counts!

posted by: Teresa on 11.6.2012

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar. Take a look!

posted by: Delphine on 10.27.2012

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Love it!

posted by: Yael on 10.30.2012

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Very nice!

posted by: Johannah on 10.28.2012

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My child and I completed DIY Calming Jar. Take a look!

posted by: Johannah on 10.18.2012

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I like the recycled use of a gatorade bottle!

posted by: Yvonne on 10.24.2012

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Thank you! I was thinking if was thrown at least plastic is safer

posted by: Johannah on 10.28.2012

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