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In the Montessori training course I am taking right now, they talk about a new approach to time out that involves giving kids something constructive to do while regulating their behavior rather than having them sit in time out with nothing constructive to focus on. In Montessori parlance this approach is referred to as the “peace table” or “peace corner.”
We have used time out from time to time as a tool to get my kids’ behavior under control, but I have realized that this was not the best approach for helping my kids regulate themselves when they were out of control. So I was intrigued by the peace corner approach, but wasn’t sure what focus object to give them as a tool for calming down. Then I learned about calm down bottles, and knew we had to try them out!
From other calm down bottles I had seen online, I loved the beautiful sensory experience they provide. And after creating our glittery calm down bottles, I was not disappointed!
Note: For more sensory activities, see my sensory play page.
The materials we used to create our calm down bottles included:
- Clear plastic water bottles (used the Smart water brand for their smooth shape)
- Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue 4oz
- Glitter – we chose red and gold
- Elmer’s Washable Glitter Glue
- Glue gun (not pictured)
If you want to know how much of each item to add to your calm down bottle, I suggest you do as we did and follow the recipe at My Crazy Blessed Life.
We started by adding the glitter to our bottles.
Then we added the clear glue.
Then we added the glitter glue. QBoy chose red and XGirl chose yellow (aka, gold).
Once all the ingredients were in, I sealed the caps with a hot glue gun. Then I handed the bottles back to the kids to shake.
At first, everything kind of clumped together and I wasn’t sure the bottles were going to work out.
But we kept shaking and shaking the ingredients until they spread out. And then the result was mesmerizing!
Shaking the bottles resulted in a beautiful swirl of colorful glitter that lasted quite a while before settling.
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