This is such a hectic and exciting time of the year for all of us, especially the kids. Why not do a relaxation project together and slow things down a bit?
We especially like the website, www.heartmindkids.com, where they give you the recipe for a “glitter jar”, and explain the following:
“Making a glitter jar is an activity you can do with your kids to introduce them to how their mind works when experiencing difficult emotions and how to calm down during difficult times. When the glitter jar is shaken, the glitter is settled peacefully at the bottom of the jar. You can see clearly though it. The glitter can represent thoughts. When we’re feeling angry or upset (shake the bottle), thoughts are swirling around so we aren’t able to think clearly. Watch the glitter though, it always settles. And as you watch the glitter settle, notice the mind settling too. When the glitter returns to the bottom of the jar, you will feel calmer, and can think more clearly.”
Jar or bottleFor the jar, use plastic water bottles so you don’t have to worry about glass breaking. For durability and shape, you can use 11.2oz (330ml) Voss Water bottles. The labels peel off fairly easily, but you have to go slowly.
Glue Elmer’s Clear School Glue – if you’re using the 11.2oz bottles Voss bottles above, one 5oz bottle contains enough glue for about 2 glitter jars.
Water Warm water, straight from the tap.
Optional •Food coloring to color the water. One or two drops is more than enough!
A small funnel for the glitter. Our glitter came in little packets, so I just snipped the corner so the kids could easily pour it into their bottles, but it might be worth it to use a funnel or make a small paper funnel so your kids’ glitter goes mostly where they want it!
1. Fill your bottle about 1/8 to 1/3 full with glue. The more glue you add, the longer it will take for the glitter to settle after shaking.
2. Add glitter, start with a tablespoon or so. Take a deep breath as you watch your child pour glitter everywhere but inside the bottle. PS: a slightly damp paper towel wipes up fine glitter pretty well. A vacuum works even better.
3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water. At this step, before filling the bottle all the way, you can leave a little less than an inch of space at the top of the bottle, cap it, and shake it to see if you want to add more glitter, more glue, or just more water.
4. When the bottle is full up to the neck with water, glitter, and glue, cap it. I recommend using a hot glue gun to seal the cap closed. I did this by applying a single ring of glue all around the top threading and then screwing the cap on.
*Recipe from www.heartmindkids.com