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To help my daughter calm down from a tantrum, I created a mindfulness 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 timeouts or time ins. All it takes is a water bottle to get started!


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


    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 your child calm down!

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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