Glitter bottles are awesome. Not only are they beautiful, but can be a great tool for kids to use when they are feeling upset. Here are some reasons why:
a. The simple act of shaking them provides the action of heavy work, which, in and of itself, tends to have a calming effect on the body.
b. Having your child watch the glitter start at the top of the bottle, swirl around, and settle to the bottom, can be representative of their inner emotions that feel too big for their bodies at the time.
c. Glitter bottles can be a great visual tool if your child becomes over-stimulated by visuals in his or her environment.
d. Glitter bottles can act as a timer, and/or as a transition tool for difficult parts of the day.
Knowing how versatile glitter bottles are, I decided to go “glitter-jar-wild” for Valentine’s Day, both with my own kids and the children whom I treat clinically.
To make this super-simple, I will just show you the steps with a picture and a few words, as needed: