Glitter bottles, also known as calm down jars, can be used to help children self-regulate and calm down big emotions. Watching the glitter sink to the bottom creates a moment of peace and stillness. While it may be difficult for children to learn skills like this on their own, using a glitter bottle as a mindfulness activity can be a visual lesson that you may find really helpful.
- Plastic or Glass Jar or Bottle (Water bottle – VOSS Water Bottle is best, Peanut Butter Jar, Mason Jar, etc.)
- Clear Elmer’s Glue or Glitter Glue
- More glitter!
- Food Coloring
- Pour warm to hot water into jar or bottle (or mix it all in a mixing bowl, then transfer)
- Add Elmer’s Clear glue.
- Add favorite food coloring and glitter.
- Add more hot water if needed (to remove the clumps).
- SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!
For no mess, superglue the lid on!
- Using two glitter bottles, one for you and one for the child, shake vigorously. Then “race” to see who’s glitter will settle the fastest.
- Add little letters or shapes to your bottle. Play I-Spy in the glitter bottle.
- Have children test out different ways to shake the bottle, see how the glitter’s path changes. What makes it create a tornado?
- Add glowing stars as a perfect bedtime glitter bottle.
- Use the glitter bottle as a timer. For example, to help with clean up, see if the child can “race” the glitter bottle.
- Hide the glitter bottle for a hide and seek game!
- Sit on the floor in front of each other and roll the glitter bottle back and forth.