Calm down jars are all the rage right now… and for good reason!
These little bottles are an amazing resource for us parents! As the name describes they are great for calming down kids who are in timeout, bored & fidgety in the car, anxious or struggling with sensory overload. My favorite part is how easy they are to make and how many different variations are out there! Let your kids choose one of the following that sounds the most appealing to them and go-to-town creating that one together! (You don’t have to stop at one you just have to start somewhere.)
First, Gather Your Supplies!
There are so many cool ways to make a calm down jar! Your supplies will vary a little depending on which project you choose but for a basic glitter calm down bottle you’ll need:
- Base Bottle — This VOSS bottle is my personal favorites because of it’s perfect shape & size. Smart water also makes a great bottle for a calm down jar.
- Optional: Travel Sized Jar — I love the idea below of making travel sized calm down jars using empty travel sized baby oil bottles.
- Additional supplies will vary based on which project you choose.
- Make sure your bottle is sterile & clean before you start.
- Super glue or hot glue the lid shut when you’re finished.
- Here’s a great post explaining why calm down bottles work so well.
Now the fun part! 11 awesome calm down bottles you have to try.
11 Must-Make Calm Down Jars
Glitter Calm Down Bottle — this is a great place to start with the basic calm down bottle.
Travel Size Calm Down Jar — this is pretty much the cutest thing ever!
Glowing Sensory Bottle — I love this idea with the light up starts to help calm kids down at night.
Weather Sensory Bottles — a bottle for each: cloudy, rainy, snowy, windy & sunny!
Non-glitter calm down jars:
Alphabet Jar — the letters do summersaults as they float upward!
Hurricane in a Jar — use soap & water to create a hurricane effect! Love that you can choose the color of your hurricane!
Ocean in a bottle — these look absolutely gorgeous!
Or go one step further and make a Calming “Jellyfish” in a Jar — use a plastic bag to create a jellyfish effect inside your bottle.
Color Mixing Bottles — this one is fascinating!
Have you made your own variation? We would love to hear about it!