Making a glitter jar is an activity you can do with your children 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 unshaken, the glitter is settled peacefully at the bottom of the jar. You can see clearly through 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.
You can use any jar you have around the house (even a jam jar!) you could also use a bottle - make sure it can be sealed tightly though!!
Here's what you will need to make it:
Jar or bottle
Glue (PVA glue)
Food coloring to color the water. One or two drops is more than enough!
Now it’s time to make your glitter jar!
- 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.
- Add glitter, start with a tablespoon or so.
- 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.
- When the bottle is full up to the neck with water, glitter, and glue, cap it.