How to Create a "Calm Down Jar"
What is a Calm Down Jar?
I came across this idea when I was looking for ways to help my son calm down during his meltdowns and tantrums. A "Calm Down Jar" is essentially a tool used to distract a child (or person) when he is in the middle of a frustrating moment. For those parents who deal with meltdowns, you know how useful something like this could be. I've also found it to be helpful when my daughter says she's "bored".
Since this has been so helpful in our household, I thought I'd share how you can create your own "Calm Down Jar".
Here are the supplies you'll need:
a jar with a lid
a small toy that will fit in the jar (optional)
Step 1: Fill the Jar
My girl loves all things colorful. She decided to use 2 different colors of glitter glue for her jar. We found the glitter glue and extra glitter at Wal-Mart in the party supplies section. Squeeze the glue in the jar until it's about half way full. Then add in the extra glitter and food coloring (any color of your choice). After this, fill the rest of the way with warm water, leaving enough space so you can shake the jar easily.
Step 2: Add a Small Toy
My daughter wanted to add a small toy to her glitter jar. I did label this as an optional add-in but really it makes it so much more fun to see a little toy floating around in there. She added one of her LEGO Friends. You can choose anything you'd like though - marbles, legos, small action figures, really anything that will fit and float around in the jar.
Step 3: Close the Jar Tightly & Shake to Mix
We used a jelly jar that I had in my garage, stored with all of my canning items. You can use any kind of jar or bottle as long as it has a lid that closes tightly. Pop or water bottle, condiment jar, pickle jar, etc. Once closed, shake it up!! :)
(You could also glue it so it won't come off easily. We decided not to in case she wanted to change the LEGO toy.)
Step 4: Shake & Have Fun!!
You're all set with your new Calm Down Jar! My girl uses it when she's bored, but either way it does the trick. It really helps with kids who have sensory needs as well.
Crafting with Your Kids
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Are you ready to make your own "Calm Down Jar"? Leave a comment when you do and let me know how it worked for you. If you have any other ideas or suggestions, I'm happy to hear them too. Enjoy!
Pinterest Link Where I Found this Amazing Idea
- LEGO Calm Down Jar
A twist on the classic calm down jar. 2 Ingredients.. Shake.. and wait! Great for calming anxious children | See more about Lego, Jars and Glitter.