Why these sensory bottles are awesome
For a younger child with big emotions, these glitter jars make a great sensory toy. Kids get enthralled watching the glitter swirl around. If your kids are a little older, the bottles can be used in conjunction with a time out or cooling off period. Preschools often use these jars for that purpose. The child simply shakes the bottle up and watches all of the glitter fall to the bottom. This takes approximately 2 ½ minutes to occur. Even just making the calming bottles provides sensory input for kids.
Supplies needed to make a calm down jar
- 16 oz plastic bottles with water or you can use these sensory bottles
- Glitter glue (we bought ours in a 3 pack at the dollar store - each bottle is 3oz)
- Glitter (normal glitter or fine glitter will work)
- Glue gun
How to make DIY calming jars
Now it's time for the kids to have some fun creating their glitter sensory bottles. Give your child an open bottle of water and some glitter glue. Have them start squeezing the glitter glue into the bottle. Little hands love helping with this step.
If you don't have glitter glue, you can use clear glue instead and just add loose glitter to the bottle.
You can use a funnel to help with this step.
What follows was my kids' favorite part - shaking up the mixture. My daughter shook up, down, sideways and every which way.
When you first start shaking, the glitter glue with break into small clumps. But steady, vigorous shaking will break up the clumps and mix the colors of glitter.
These homemade sensory bottles make great a mindfulness jar and sensory play activity. As kids watch the glitter settle in a glitter water bottle they are practicing being in the present moment. I hope your kids enjoy these as much as mine did back in the day!
Frequently asked questions
I often think there is no such thing as too much glitter, but feel free to dump some out and add more water to the bottle.
Yes, you can, but I don't recommend it since these jars will be used by kids and kids often drop things. I know many people create sensory jars using a Voss bottle, but since they are glass, I avoid them.
The only mess will be made while you are making. Since the cap is glued onto the bottle, this keeps the mess under wraps.
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