When Melissa of Green Owl Art featured the calm down jar on Family Sponge last spring, I was in love. Not only do I love mason jars, but I love new ways to get my wild children under control. We do time outs and talk it outs, but they don’t always work. Nothing always works, right? That’s why you gotta get creative. And this calm down jar is another tool to add to the arsenal of peaceful parenting.
I will admit, we made these a few months back and they are rarely used when the kids are having melt downs. Yet they do pull them out and spend some time staring at them on random days. So if anything— they are relaxing, therapeutic for everyone and look so pretty! Kinda reminds me of lava lamps from Hot Topic back when I was in junior high. If you want awesome instructions on how to make your own calm down jar, read this article by Melissa here.
We made three jars (green for Jackson, pink for Clare and purple for me). We all have our days when we need to just calm down, right? I keep them on display and easily accessible for the kids. I want them to know they can grab these whenever they want.
And if you want to admire the ones I have made, keep on scrolling down. I went to Target and the Dollar Tree to get my glitter. I found that the small glitter seemed to work better and have more intense color. The larger pieces seemed to have the color come off and just turn the water a strange color. You might even add some metallic confetti into the mix to make it more unexpected.