Have you heard of ‘calm down bottles’ ? They are a great sensory activity for your child to play with when they need a break, a quiet time or to….calm down! We’ve been using them for a while with the girls – I would say optimal age would be 18 months – 4 years. I use it in lieu of timeout and most recently made one for Flora to use while potty training to help keep her on the pot longer!
What I love the most about these bottles is you can customize them ANY & EVERY way you’d like – specific to your child’s interests, the seasons etc. And most likely you already have everything you need on hand!
- Empty water bottle (I found the ones pictured here at Walmart for $1, but you can use a Mason Jar or I really like to get a bottle of Voss water at Target and clean off the label).
- Clear glue (This can be colored like this or just clear. You just don’t want white. Every craft store, Target, Amazon has this.)
- Mix ins: Glitter, sequins, small toys, beads. The lighter the item the better.
- Super glue
- Optional: Food coloring
- Fill the bottom of your bottle with the glue, I’d estimate that I put about 1/4 – 1/2 a cup in.
- Next add your mix ins – this is where you can get creative and have fun!
- Top the rest with water.
- Place super glue around the lid and screw tight. Let dry completely before letting your child handle.
Most recently I made a Frozen themed bottle for Flora. I had a small Elsa doll I put in with glitter, blue sequins and snowflake sequins. She absolutely LOVED trying to ‘find Elsa’ in the snow. It’s been so fun and really distracts her! I also made one for Valentine’s Day!