Calming bottles can be a useful intervention tool for those on the spectrum. These glittery, captivating bottles can soothe children when they are upset and help them regulate their emotions. Depending on the amount of time it takes for the glitter to settle to the bottom, the bottle can even be used as a timer for your children when they need a break from a task. Let’s take a look at what you will need to make your very own calming bottle…
- Clear plastic water bottle
- Tap water
- Glitter in your child’s favorite color
- Glitter glue
- Super glue
- Fun objects (i.e. plastic dinosaurs, confetti, gems, or beads)
The best part of this activity? All supplies can be purchased at the dollar store so this is a cheap and easy tool to keep handy for your child.
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Take your empty, dry water bottle, and fill it with glitter glue until it is about a half-inch full or you exhaust the small bottle of glue.
2. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm tap water, leaving about a quarter-inch at the top of the bottle.
3. Add in the glitter. A small packet’s worth should suffice, but add as much and in as many colors as your child desires. This is where you can also add in any additional fun objects like plastic figures, confetti, gems, etc.
4. Close the lid on the bottle and shake to combine the water, glue, and glitter.
5. Remove the lid, apply super glue to the rim of the bottle, and screw the lid back on to seal.
Keep your child’s calming bottle handy. These are great tools to use when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed and need a soothing object to focus on.
You can also find this project on the Summit Academy Pinterest page. Check back each month for fun new project ideas!
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