Intro: Illuminated Calming Jar
Disclaimer: Do not give a glass jar to a child who is to young to hold it safely or who is in the middle of a tantrum. This is a great tool but please use responsibly.
To any instructables member- If you make one of your own, I will gladly put it in my instructable to show it off.Just attach it in the comment section and ask that I put it in.
Step 1: Items Needed
*Jar with a lid (you can use a plastic bottle, the voss bottle would look nice and be safer for small children)but glass would last longer
*3 tbsp of clear glue (or glitter glue) to each 1 cup of (hot) water to fill the jar -you can just eyeball it.
*Glitter (I added about 1-2 inches of glitter)
*Submersible led light - I bought it at Michaels craft store for about $4 (with a coupon of course- 40% off)
*Velcro - i found it at the 99 cents only store- you cant beat that
Step 2: To Get Started
Put the velcro on the lid and on the led light. Pour in the glitter.I used white,blue, and pink. you want to try to get about 3 different types of glitter. I used extra fine , fine and blue , the blue doesnt say what "grade" of glitter it is but it is obviously bigger. Also what's really cool is that when you shake it the water looks blue at first because of the bigger glitter then it falls and then the color seems to turn to pink.(this is when i use the jar without turning on the light) Both ways are very pretty.
Step 3: Almost Done... Yay
Then pour in the glue. The more glue that you put in ,the glitter will take longer to fall. You can adjust the amount of glitter and glue to suit your needs. Now pour in the hot water and put the lid on and shake vigorously. Then open the jar back up, use a q-tip or napkin to gently soak up the bubbles.This will help the water be more clear. Ok, you're done. Turn on your led and replace lid, shake and relax watching the beautiful glitter fall.
If you choose to not use the led light you could glue your jar shut so little ones are not tempted to open it.
To use it on an upset child, the idea is to use it as a timeout "Timer". When the glitter has completely fallen(and hopefully their attitude has changed) they can resume playing. Kids (and adults) like to watch it and it helps them refocus.It also relaxes them so you can start putting them down for a nap or bedtime. It works wonders on my year 3 old. He loves it. He calls it his "shiny treasure"
TIP: To get the sticky label off of say... a spaghetti sauce jar. You can either peel it off or use your hairdryer to get it warm and peel it off. Then it is usually still really sticky, so rub some oil over the sticky parts and let sit over night.In the morning you can either just wipe it off or you can use a the corse side of a sponge . ( I use olive oil)