Glitter jars work wonders in helping children find a sense of calmness and inner peace. Imagine that inside the jar, the swirling glitter represents all the thoughts and feelings that can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed or restless. When we feel like we're caught in a shimmering storm, we can turn to the glitter a visual aid to help us. As we shake the jar gently, it's like putting all those thoughts and feelings in motion. Then, as we watch the glitter slowly settle, it's as if the storm in our minds is calming down, and peace and stillness are restored.
Creating a Glitter Jar: (parental supervision)
Making a glitter jar is a creative and engaging activity that you can enjoy with your child. Here's a simple method to create your own glitter jar:
- A clear, plastic jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Glitter (choose your favorite colors!)
- Hot Glue
- Baby Oil (clear)
- Food coloring
How to Make It:
- Fill half the jar with baby oil.
- Add a generous amount of glitter on top of the oil. You can mix different colors and sizes for a more captivating effect.
- In a separate container, mix water with a few drops of food coloring.
- Pour the newly colored water over the oil in your jar. Leave a bit of space at the top.
- Add some hot glue around the top edge of the jar and securely close the lid of the jar. Ensuring it is tightly sealed. (Ask a parent for help!)
How to Use It:
You can use the glitter jar as a calming tool whenever you feel overwhelmed or need a moment of serenity.
- Hold the jar securely.
- Take a deep breath, inhaling slowly through the nose.
- As you exhale, gently shake the jar, watching the glitter come to life and imagining your thoughts and emotions in motion.
- Settle into a comfortable position and continue observing the glitter as it gradually settles.
- Breathe deeply, matching your breath to the rhythm of the glitter's descent.
- Allow yourself to feel a sense of calm and peace as the glitter settles completely.