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Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Calm Down Jar for Toddlers


DIY Calm Down Jar for Toddlers.  How to create a Calm Down Jar.  Glitter glue jar.  Calm down techniques for toddlers.  Calm Down Jar for kids.

Discipline can be one of the hardest parts of parenthood. So, finding a tool that helps parents communicate with their child in times of trial is very important. Parents of toddlers, especially very active, passionate, and heated toddlers, often have to go through a number of different tools to find a those that work. A “calm down jar”can be a great tool to help toddlers during tantrums. 

“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!

DIY Calm Down Jar for Toddlers.  How to create a Calm Down Jar.  Glitter glue jar.  Calm down techniques for toddlers.  Calm Down Jar for kids.

To create a Calm Down Jar you only need a few items:

Mason jar with lid (size is your choice)
Glitter Glue  

*If you cannot find Elmer’s Glitter Glue you can also use CLEAR Elmer’s Glue and add a glitter of your choice.
Hot water
Hot glue gun

DIY Calm Down Jar for Toddlers.  How to create a Calm Down Jar.  Glitter glue jar.  Calm down techniques for toddlers.  Calm Down Jar for kids.

Directions:

1.  Clean your mason jar and remove all stickers.  

2.  Pour hot water into your jar.  Fill to the neck of the jar (the glue will take some space but not much).

3.  Pour the Glitter Glue into the jar.  *Tip: The more glue you add to the water, the longer it will take for the glitter to settle.

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.

DIY Calm Down Jar for Toddlers.  How to create a Calm Down Jar.  Glitter glue jar.  Calm down techniques for toddlers.  Calm Down Jar for kids.

Eventually your Calm Down Jar will be a tool that a toddler may ask for when he sees it on the kitchen counter – and maybe even decide to use it when he isn’t in crisis. The floating glitter is a calming treat for the toddler, and you’ll feel good to knowing he’s learning coping mechanisms especially during a complex time of development. 


This is a tool that we have used for both Jude and Teagan at all ages and time of stress and anxiety.  We did decide to make one out of a plastic peanut butter jar for those moments that the kiddos were too full of anger to hold an glass jar.  


Have you created a Calm Down Jar for your child?

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25 comments:

  1. I totally could have used this when my boys were little. What an awesome idea.

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  2. I have a four year old son who has high energy! Thanks for this post, I'm definitely going to try this!

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  3. I have not made one. They are really cool to look at.

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  4. I still think we need tis for some adults. I seriously love this idea. I am going to try it out on my teenager.

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  5. I really liked this and shared it on my FB page. So easy to make and I think this would help with my toddler.

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  6. I've heard about Calm Down Jars before. They seem like they would be great for kids who need a little time to calm down from a meltdown.

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  7. I love this. It reminds me of a snow globe. My kids are older now, but my grandson could use something like this.

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  8. What a great idea. My preschooler would love this!

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  9. I have seen this on pinterest a few times. I need to make one

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  10. I like that idea a lot. It's actually very pretty! It looks easy to make too.

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  11. I have! We put some little fish in ours, too. They really do work!

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  12. My son has sensory issues and this would have been really helpful for him.

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  13. i have no kids yet does this really work? I love this idea I am just afraid the kid would break the mason jar maybe I will put it in a plastic container.

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  14. I think this would be great for my youngest daughter. We just got a new puppy and the fits have been outrageous.

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  15. This looks like a good idea for parents who need it. Pretty color!

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  16. Toddlers? Heck I may just make one of these for myself!

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  17. That kid is just fixed on the jar! How cute he looks! Great craft idea!

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  18. That reminds me of a lava lamp! It looks really cool!

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  19. I love this idea. Mine are all in toddler stage. I may have to give it a try and see how it works for them.

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  20. I've heard of these, but haven't had the chance to make one yet!

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  21. I'm going to need to try this for my toddler. I love the colorful project and I know it would help with tantrums!

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  22. I really need to make one of these! Plastic seems like a better idea to me....

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  23. :Loved the idea. Shared on FB for Celebrate-Family.com http://www.facebook.com/CelebrateFamily

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  24. This is such a cool idea especially for this week that my daughter is home on spring break.

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  25. Doing this tonight, because I am about to lose my mind with Eyan

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