Day #4 Shake Shake Shake!!
by Sara le Roux, Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District
I came across the idea of ‘calm down’ jars whilst I was at our local Sure Start Children’s Centre over the summer holidays. They’ve been around for years but are so useful in helping to diffuse some of those ‘moments’ that little ones often have. They also work for adults too – who could possibly still feel all stressy after watching that glittery galaxy in a jar!
There are so many different ways that these can be made that it’s worth taking a look on websites like Pinterest to see what works best for your needs. I decided against the lava lamp option using alka seltzer or vegetable oil and went for the simple water and glue route – just in case we had a creative disaster!
What You’ll Need
- A Jar – I used a 1 litre glass ‘Kilner’ jar we already had in a cupboard but you could just as easily use a jam jar (which would actually be better for little hands) or a plastic bottle if you’re nervous about it hitting a hard surface!
- Glitter Glue – enough to cover the bottom of the jar. If you can get coloured glitter glue then this will add even more to the effect
- Warm Water (and a funnel) – not too hot though!
- Food Colouring – just a few drops of any colour that you have in the cupboard to add to the ‘interest’ factor
- Glitter – to give it more sparkle
- Sequins – optional, but always lovely to watch swirling around (they also help to agitate the water mix)
Boo squeezed the glitter glue into the jar. I’d recommend picking up some tubes of glitter glue rather than bottles as it will probably be easier for your little one to squeeze a tube rather than trying to scoop big dollops of glue into a jar.
Next, fill the jar almost to the top with the warm water – the funnel was really useful as it meant Boo could have a go at pouring and the mess was minimised. Add a few of drops of food colouring (I did this as I knew what would happen otherwise…. 🙂 )
Lastly, add the glitter and sequins for extra sparkle…
Put the lid on really tightly and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!!! I would definitely recommend that YOU do this initial shake up – the more shaking the better and I actually found it quite therapeutic!
Wow did I get some squeals from Boo!
He was totally transfixed with the swirly glitter and every time it settled I got requests for ‘More, Mummy, More!’ Eventually he figured out the secret to making it work and happily played for quite a while which gave me enough time to clear up!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes of playing
Check your bottle carefully before filling it to ensure that there are no sharp or broken parts. Always re-check the bottle each time you get the ‘Calm Down Jar’ out to play with.
Ensure that your little one is supervised during the activity so that they don’t eat the glue or food colouring.
Wash hands thoroughly after finishing the activity
I would recommend that you seal the top of the jar or bottle with either hot glue from a glue gun, or super glue. This way your little one can play with the ‘Calm Down Jar’ and you won’t worry about them opening the top and pouring the contents out onto your carpet.
This activity is not suitable for babies or small infants to make, but they can certainly enjoy the jar after it is put together – always supervise young children though.
Day #4 DONE! 96 to go!