“Calm Down Jars” can really come in handy when the red begins to appear on your toddler’s face. This simple and easy-to-make jar gives your toddler something to focus on when things get upsetting. Simply shake the jar and give it to your toddler to hold. Encourage him to focus on the glitter as it settles on the bottom of the jar which many toddlers find mesmerizing and calming.
For older kids, you can encourage them to visualize the things that are upsetting them as “settling down” just as the glitter does. Using this jar as a coping skill is especially great for toddlers and children prone to anxiety.
Time for you to make your own!
To create a Calm Down Jar you only need a few items:
Mason jar with lid (size is your choice)
Hot glue gun
1. Clean your mason jar and remove all stickers.
4. Using a plastic spoon or dowel, simply stir the glue around. The hot water will break up the glue. If it doesn’t then the water is not hot enough.
5. Screw the lid onto your jar. Using the hot glue gun, seal the lid to avoid any leaks.