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When time out time came for bad behavior, I found myself with a little girl screaming, kicking walls and not able to even calm down enough to learn her lesson. This was getting worse and worse, and I told my husband, “There has to be a better way.” After some online research, I found something called a mind jar. This is a jar filled with water, clear gel glue, and ultra-fine glitter. You shake it and the glitter settles slowly, which is very relaxing to watch. I loved the idea of getting my daughter to focus on something else in order to relax. Now, instead of watching the clock or setting a timer, she can use her own, relaxing method for time outs. All it takes is a water bottle to get started!

Materials:

  • a water bottle that will fit in your child's hands
  • clear gel glue
  • super glue
  • glitter
  • hot water

Instructions

    1. timer 1Remove the label from the water bottle.

    2. Fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way with hot water, then add a bottle of glitter glue and a small tube of glitter.

    3. timer 2Screw on the cap and play with the mixture until it takes about five minutes (our standard time out time!) for the glitter to settle at the bottom of the bottle. Add more clear gel glue to make it go slower or more water to make it settle faster.

    4. Super glue the cap onto the water bottle so it can't come off in your child's hands.

    timer 3

    We used purple and pink because those are my girl's favorite colors (right now), but you can make this with any color glitter. I hope it helps with your time outs!

Johanna Spaulding is a youth minister's wife and a stay-at-home-mom of three. She hopes to stay connected to other moms and connect with new ones through her blog about life, being in a ministry family, motherhood, homemaking and everything in between. See her blog at My Crazy Blessed Life.

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  • jeanne

    i like it give me some more

  • Serena Uilani Camacho

    I want to ask does it matter what type glitter should be using for this activity?

    • http://flickr.com/absurdnes Absurdnes

      You can use whatever glitter, I have found that using regular glitter is too heavy and floats down to the bottom within a minute no matter how much glue you put in the bottle. Extra fine glitter, or “glitter dust” http://www.michaels.com/artminds-extra-fine-glitter/M10226100.html works best. :) Hope this helps!

  • CasperJBone

    My Bestie and I, both 43 years of age, decided to try these. They are amazing! She made one for me and put stickers all over it and it turned out great!! We we’re throwing around the idea to make one for a Halloween party favor. Orange and Black or Orange and Purple glitter being used.